OUTCOMES from last week’s meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) in Darwin are significant for Australia’s freight logistics industry the Australian Logistics Council says.
Notably, the ALC talked about the final report of the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities as showing the magnitude of the task facing governments and industry in the development of an effective National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.
“The Inquiry Report is comprehensive, and sets out priority actions for governments to take in relation to investment, reform and governance of Australia’s freight industry,” said ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff, who attended the meeting.
“ALC’s major submission to the Inquiry, Freight Doesn’t Vote, was developed following an extensive process of industry engagement,” he said.
“It is pleasing that so many of the Inquiry Report’s key recommendations closely align with those put forward in ALC’s submission. This means the government has clearly heard the industry’s message.”
Mr Kilgariff said the report articulated the challenges hampering greater supply chain efficiency and safety – a lack of data, antiquated planning, poorly-coordinated infrastructure investment and poor appreciation of freight’s economic importance.
“This Report now gives all governments the opportunity work cooperatively to develop a coherent and effective Strategy that addresses each of these priority areas,” he said.