INDUSTRY body the Australian Logistics Council has welcomed the Infrastructure Decision-making Principles released by Infrastructure Australia this week as a vital contribution to enhancing transparency and accountability around major infrastructure projects.
“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 long-term challenges and deliver the greatest possible economic dividend.”
Mr Kilgariff said the announcement by IA was consistent with key recommendations contained in Freight Doesn’t Vote, ALC’s submission to the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.
“Like other industries, the freight logistics industry needs to maintain its social licence to operate,” he said.
“Maintaining community confidence about the ability of major freight infrastructure projects to deliver the right outcomes forms an essential part of that.”