FEDERAL minister Keith Pitt has talked of the challenges and opportunities for freight brought about by technology and rapid population growth.
Mr Pitt is the assistant minister to the Deputy Prime Minister (Michael McCormack) who he represented at this week’s VTA 2018 State Conference in Lorne.
“Australia has close to the fastest population growth in the OECD.
“That means that the world of freight is rapidly changing as demand continues to rise in line with that population growth,” the straight-talking Queenslander told the gathering.
“There is also the changing nature of the freight task.
“With new trade agreements in place with our major trading partners, new technologies have caused the rise in online shopping.”
Mr Pitt noted the advent of drone technology and how he had been particularly impressed with their use during the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics.
He went on to outline federal investment in Victorian infrastructure, including the Murray Basin Rail Project.