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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
4 CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE In 2015, ALC launched one of its most significant policy initiatives since it moved to Canberra in 2009 to establish its credentials as a policy advocacy organisation on behalf of the Australian freight logistics sector. The Board decided that ALC would expand its policy focus to look at ways to increase and encourage greater diversity across the supply chain. As a first step, ALC held its inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit in Melbourne in November, with the aim of encouraging more women into the industry and improving the position of women already working in the sector. At the Summit, we mapped a series of strategies to attract, support and develop greater diversity in the logistics industry, and to get more women into management positions. Our industry will benefit enormously if we better tap the talents and viewpoints of women. Our industry must also encourage the participation of more young people if we are to get the benefit of new ideas, perspectives and ways of doing things. Overall, 2015 saw on one hand some disappointing decisions on infrastructure projects, such as the cancellation of the East West Link project, and on the other hand some heartening progress. These developments highlight that Australia needs a long- term national approach and wider public understanding of infrastructure projects. Money is too scarce, and the infrastructure effort is too important for short-term political considerations to interfere with what should be a national infrastructure strategy. That strategy should be developed in a way that garners public support so that political overriding becomes too difficult. On the brighter side of 2015 was Infrastructure Australia’s progress on building the Australian Infrastructure Audit and the 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan, and hopefully gaining public support for the initiatives it contains. There was also progress on a number of major intermodal initiatives in Sydney. These aims can result in infrastructure that benefits Australian businesses and individuals – if not directly, then indirectly, as improvements in any part of the supply chain invariably reduce congestion and inefficiency throughout. From an organisational perspective, 2016 marked the stepping down of long-serving ALC Chairman Don Telford. Prior to ALC Forum, Don was inducted into the ALC Hall of Fame for his extraordinary service to the logistics industry. It is a fitting tribute to a giant of our industry, and I look forward to Don’s ongoing involvement with ALC in a less formal sense for many years to come. I look forward to carrying on Don’s work to drive a sharper focus within government and the public service on the needs of freight, and to reinforce ALC’s position as the national voice of business across the supply chain. Over the next 12 months, in this critical election year, ALC will continue to call for things like an end to regulatory duplication; more efficient allocation of infrastructure money; and a longer- term view in planning and land use. When we do, we will speak not just for ALC’s members, but also for all the businesses and individuals in Australia that are in, or use, the supply chain. In short: all of us. Ian Murray AM Chairman Australian Logistics Council Message from ALC Chairman Ian Murray AM