A PRIORITY list released by Infrastructure Australia confirms the need for freight-related investment, the Australian Logistics Council says.
“We have long-believed that the best way to ensure effective infrastructure investment is for an independent umpire to make evidence-based assessments of projects, which can then be used by governments to inform decision-making,” ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff said.
“Such an approach makes it far more likely that infrastructure investments will be made based on the capacity of projects to contribute to long-term economic and employment growth.
“This has been essential in developing a more sustainable and consistent framework for determining investment priorities and taking the politics out of funding decisions.”
Mr Kilgariff said inclusion on the Infrastructure Priority List had helped build the case for investing in critical freight infrastructure projects including Western Sydney Airport, Inland Rail and the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal.
“The release of the 2018 Infrastructure Priority List comes at a crucial moment, as the Commonwealth continues to develop the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy – an initiative which is again included as a high priority initiative on this year’s list.”
The ALC has urged the government to pay particular attention to freight-related initiatives including:
- Sydney Gateway connecting WestConnex to Port Botany & Sydney Airport;
Port Botany Freight Rail Duplication to boost port efficiency;
- Chullora Junction upgrade to enhance Sydney’s freight rail network;
- Preserving the corridor for the Western Sydney Airport fuel pipeline;
- Preserving the corridor for Western Sydney Freight Line and Intermodal Terminal access;
- Improving connection between Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway and CityLink;
- Inland Rail and a dedicated freight rail connection to the Port of Brisbane; and
- Implementation of the Advanced Train Management System on the ARTC network.
“Securing investment in these priority projects will be critical in allowing Australia to meet its growing freight task, and driving economic and employment growth,” Mr Kilgariff said.