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Praise for ‘one-stop shop’ for freight industry

July 27, 2018

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has welcomed the establishment of Freight Victoria, describing it as a “one-stop-shop for Victoria’s freight industry”. The ALC says its creation will help to deliver the policy and regulatory outcomes that the freight logistics industry needs.

Freight Victoria is now the central point of contact for industry, local government and other stakeholders on freight and logistics matters.
The Victorian Government says Freight Victoria will lead the coordination and delivery of the priorities and actions under the Victorian Freight Plan: Delivering the Goods – a long term, state-wide plan to support Victorian industries involved in the movement of goods.

It will also coordinate existing industry engagement forums and harness private and public sector investment in Victoria’s freight network.

Delivering the Goods sets out short-, medium- and long-term priorities to support freight and logistics systems through a period of unprecedented growth and rapid change in the broader Victorian environment.

Delivering the Goods outlines the initiatives the government will take over the next five years to improve how goods are moved to their local, interstate and overseas markets.

It also provides a long-term plan to guide investment in the freight network.

ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff said: “ALC was proactively involved in advising the Victorian Government on the development of this updated plan, through the Ministerial Freight Reference Group.”

He added that the plan addresses many of the concerns industry expressed throughout that consultation process.

“Establishing Freight Victoria is a very positive step that will help to overcome one of the industry’s most enduring criticisms – unclear accountability and coordination between different government agencies when it comes to monitoring and measuring the performance of freight networks.”

However, Mr Kilgariff had a warning for the government, saying: “Supply chains do not stop at state borders, so it will be critical that Freight Victoria engages closely with the Commonwealth on the development of the [National Freight and Supply Chain] Strategy.

“This will maximise opportunities for improved supply chain efficiency and safety nation-wide,” he said.

The ALC expects Freight Victoria to help drive a coordinated approach to delivering the planning, infrastructure and measurement outcomes the industry needs to enhance supply chain efficiency and safety for Victoria, which includes further development Port of Melbourne and confirmation that the Western Interstate Freight Terminal (WIFT) will be developed at Truganina, to align with the completion of the Inland Rail in 2025.

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