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QTA supports bipartisan infrastructure investment in QLD

  • Posted on Tuesday 7th, November 2017.

The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) has recently been announced as a stakeholder in the Bruce Highway Trust as a part of ‘Future Proofing the Bruce Policy’.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has announced, if re-elected, she will establish the Bruce Highway Trust to identify priority infrastructure projects through a 15-year forward plan, investing $1 billion in projects.

“We fully support a bipartisan approach to infrastructure investment and this aligns with our priority to advance Queensland into the future by encouraging infrastructure investment that is necessary to give us a comparative advantage in connecting freight routes and moving freight more efficiently and safely,” said QTA CEO, Gary Mahon.

“As an industry, the transport and logistics sector is a key contributor to GDP in Australia,” said Mahon.

“The industry accounts for close to 9 per cent of GDP, which is a statistic that we believe warrants this significant investment to ensure the safe and efficient carriage of goods which is fundamental to us all and the energy of our economy.”

According to the QTA, progressive planning to fund important freight corridors, which are a significant economic contributor to communities up and down the coast, will increase productivity on key road freight corridors to keep pace with contemporary efficiency demands.

“On behalf of the QTA Board of Directors I congratulate former QTA CEO, Peter Garske, on the announcement that he will Chair the Bruce Highway Trust,” said Mahon. “Peter is the current Vice Chair of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and his years of experience and expertise in the road freight sector in Queensland will significantly contribute the role as Chair of the Bruce Highway Trust.”

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