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IA’s Infrastructure Decision-making Principles will build confidence: ALC

  • Posted on Wednesday 25th, July 2018.

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed a recently published paper from Infrastructure Australia as a vital contribution to enhancing transparency and accountability in decision-making around major infrastructure projects.

As IA’s CEO, Philip Davies, reportedly noted in an opinion piece, it is essential that governments at all levels embrace these principles, to “give the community a clear set of expectations with which to hold decision-makers to account”.

“ALC has been a steadfast supporter of IA’s independent efforts to ensure that infrastructure development in Australia is subject to rigorous, evidence-based assessments, and that projects ultimately deliver the best economic and social outcomes for the community,” said ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff.

“The Infrastructure Decision-making Principles IA has published today offer all governments a way to meaningfully engage with the community about long-term infrastructure plans, and make sure infrastructure investment is targeted towards those projects that address longterm challenges and deliver the greatest possible economic dividend.

“The principles released [24 July] build on IA’s significant body of work that will help to promote greater supply chain efficiency and safety.

“This includes recommending the development of a comprehensive National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, and promoting the adoption of a nationally-consistent approach to corridor protection,” he said – adding that like other industries, the freight logistics industry needs to maintain its social licence to operate.

“Maintaining community confidence about the ability of major freight infrastructure projects to deliver the right outcomes forms an essential part of that,” he said. “IA’s Infrastructure Decision-making Principles offer all governments a clear pathway for achieving that outcome – and they should be adopted by policy-makers across all jurisdictions.”

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