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ALC welcomes opportunities amplified by infrastructure priority list

  • Posted on Thursday 14th, February 2019.

Australia would be better positioned to compete at a global scale with targeted investments in freight infrastructure like those outlined in the  Infrastructure Priority List released this week by Infrastructure Australia (IA) according to the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).

Speaking on behalf of the industry body, ALC Chair Philip Davies said it remains essential for the country that infrastructure investment decisions are based on sound principles regarding the capacity for a project to reap economic gains and sustained liveability of communities.

“In the past, the Infrastructure Priority List has helped to build support for investment in critical freight infrastructure projects which are now being undertaken, including Western Sydney Airport, Inland Rail, the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal and more recently the Port Botany freight rail duplication, which was supported in the 2018 Federal Budget,” he said.

“It is especially pleasing to note this year’s list again includes the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy as a high priority initiative,” said Davies.

The ALC urged governments to prioritise investment in key freight-related initiatives like those on the IA list including construction of the North East Link in Melbourne to alleviate traffic congestion and enhance freight efficiency.

As part of boosting the effectiveness of the Strategy it also cited enhancing capacity and traffic flows on the Mitchell and Kwinana Freeways in Perth; completing the upgrade of the Adelaide North-South road corridor to enhance capacity and efficiency of freight movement to the airport and port precincts; investing in road and rail improvements on the Burnie to Hobart freight corridor; and establishing a national electric vehicle fast-charging network to overcome ‘range anxiety’ among freight logistics operators.

“Australia must do everything possible to eliminate capacity constraints in our freight networks if we wish to succeed in an increasingly competitive global market,” said Davies.

“Securing investment in these priority projects will help to deliver that outcome.”

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