A MINISTERIAL portfolio shakeup that has seen ‘Population Policy’ included with ‘Cities and Urban Infrastructure’ is a welcome move, the Australian Logistics Council says.
Alan Tudge has been appointed to a portfolio which is similar to one previously occupied by Paul Fletcher, albeit with the additional population emphasis.
ALC interim chief executive Lachlan Benson said the change was positive.
“We particularly welcome the inclusion of population policy in the new minister’s responsibilities, given that population growth is inextricably linked to the nation’s growing freight task and many of the challenges faced by freight logistics operators, including road congestion,” Mr Benson said.
“Having a single Minister responsible for infrastructure and population at the Commonwealth level is a sensible approach that will help facilitate better outcomes for this industry.”
Mr Benson thanked outgoing Minister Fletcher for his “extensive engagement” with ALC during his time at the helm.
“Minister Fletcher was particularly committed to engaging with the freight logistics industry to help develop a fairer and more sustainable model for road pricing in Australia,” Mr Benson said.
“He was similarly instrumental in progressing development of the Western Sydney Airport and the planning of the surrounding aerotropolis, which will become a key logistics hub as Western Sydney continues to grow in the years ahead.”