The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has called upon major parties in the run-up to the 2013 elections to prioritise various issues impacting productivity, efficiency and safety in the freight logistics industry.
ALC, the peak representative body for the freight logistics industry released its 2013 election priorities document ‘Time to Deliver’, which calls for action on a range of projects and reforms to improve supply chain efficiency in Australia.
According to Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director, Time to Deliver challenges both major parties to deliver on a number of major infrastructure projects, long term freight plans and reforms to increase productivity, reduce red tape and improve safety in the freight logistics industry.
ALC’s election priorities include progressing the Inland Rail link and a second Sydney airport at Badgery’s Creek, both of which are seen by the freight logistics industry as critical to improving productivity, efficiency and safety.
An inland rail route linking Brisbane and Melbourne has long been talked about as a key piece of infrastructure that would meet the rising freight requirements on the north south corridor.
ALC is also calling on both major parties to deliver on a second Sydney airport, by providing the go-ahead for an airport at Badgery’s Creek.
Mr Kilgariff explains that numerous studies have found significant growth in airfreight in the Sydney market in the coming years, heightening the need for action now to increase capacity. He commented that a second airport is needed to add price competition to the Sydney air freight market, meet rising levels of demand and address congestion issues around Kingsford Smith.
Time to Deliver also calls for the role of Infrastructure Australia to be enhanced. Mr Kilgariff elaborates that Infrastructure Australia should be the ‘productivity commission’ of infrastructure and play a greater role in the identification and prioritisation of major infrastructure projects.
Critical freight logistics priorities also identified by ALC in Time to Deliver include supporting the use of high productivity vehicles; improving long term freight planning; recycling of infrastructure assets; progressing the development of intermodal terminals; and investing in rail infrastructure servicing major capital city ports.
Time to Deliver is available on the ALC website.