THE Logistics Association of Australia , Queensland Branch has shown leadership in the business community with the implementation of the first TDL Queensland Roundtable. The inaugural meeting was held during the annual Logistics and Supply Chain Conference and was successfully attended by senior government officials and executives from the Queensland industry. Representatives included the Queensland government, CEOs of Industry Associations and the LAA by invitation met to develop and implement a strategy to move forward.
The LAAQ identified that the growth trends in South East Queensland that will impact on the logistics and transport industry sectors in the next five years and will cause gridlock unless a co-ordinated approach from government and industry is taken. The freight task will grow significantly by 2020, so planning needs to be put in place shortly. Road, Rail, Sea and Air need to share information about their expansion constraints to allow Government and Council to provide solutions now and in the future.
Liam Stitt, Queensland President of the LAA, presented in concise detail the challenges to be faced, and the benefits of an "information sharing and policy distillation" forum. David Doherty, Chair of the Victorian TDL Roundtable, provided details of the structure and decision-making process of their Roundtable and the process used to achieve their three primary objectives. To date there have been many successes, but it was acknowledged that Minister Brumby (VIC), was the forward thinking initiator of this forum. Queensland will need to identify a "champion" for this Roundtable from government.
Representatives for the Ports Authority, Shipping Council, Air Freight Forwarders Association and many others provided their thoughts and support for the model. Government representatives needed to have more detail before structural details and potential benefits before involving their Ministers directly. It was acknowledged that there is not a platform to share and exchange logistics related information in Queensland, so it was decided to move forward with the round table. It was suggested that a confederation of Roundtables be formed over the next year to provide a national perspective.
It was proposed and agreed that;
* Interim Chair is Liam Stitt
* Name is TDL Queensland Roundtable
* The three objectives as presented are supported
* The LAA will be the Secretariat until either ALC or a government agency accepts the role
* The possible next meeting will be in six weeks or as advised
* Next meeting date, time and venue, to be advised.
The objectives of the proposed Queensland Round Table are to:
1. Create and sustain Queensland as the State of Supply Chain Excellence
2. Create and sustain Queensland as the Logistics gateway of choice for import and export in the near future
3. Contribute to the extent practicable to relevant National Logistics Agendas, and to make Queensland the Smart State of Supply Chain Excellence.
The invitation only meeting was well supported by approximately 35 persons including Editors of two prominent logistics industry magazines. Light refreshments were served after the close of the meeting to allow informal discussion.