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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
38 ALC EVENTS 2015 ALC FORUM ALC’s premier event is its annual ALC Forum. Logistics leaders at the 2015 event in Melbourne in March challenged governments to ensure that their policies support, rather than hinder, industry efforts to improve supply chain efficiency. Then ALC Chair Don Telford told the forum that the logistics industry is critical to every consumer and business, yet it does not get the policy attention it deserves. The leasing of the Port of Melbourne by the Victorian Government raised great concern at the Forum. Speakers from across the supply chain reinforced that significant rental increases at the Port would not only affect the efficiency of our national supply chains, but it could also severely impact on the Victorian economy and its overall competiveness. Speakers called for greater transparency and regulatory certainty in relation to the possible sale or lease of infrastructure assets, such as the Port of Melbourne. The other key issue brought up at the Forum was the need to maintain momentum on road reform. Speakers called for well- thought-out reform to improve freight efficiency. Money raised from heavy vehicle road use should go to areas of greatest freight need, rather than going to consolidated revenue and then being applied across the network without attention to overall needs. At the Forum, Ingilby Dickson, Chair of the ALC Safety Committee, was announced as an Honorary Fellow of ALC for his support and development of the National Logistics Safety Code. Other Forum highlights were: • the launch of the Intermodal Visibility Project – an initiative spearheaded by ALC and GS1 to improve the visibility of products moving along the supply chain • the commitment to hold a summit on diversity and inclusion • the expression of cross-industry support for the Inland Rail project. Speakers included federal and state ministers, and Opposition spokespeople: • The Hon. Warren Truss MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development • The Hon. Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure • The Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Opposition Spokesman for Infrastructure and Transport • The Hon. Luke Donnellan, Victorian Minister for Ports, Minister for Roads and Road Safety. A comprehensive report on ALC Forum 2016 can be found on page 97. ALC EVENTS In addition to its major industry, federal government and safety events, ALC broke new ground in 2015. First, it organised the industry’s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit. Second, it held the first two of its individual state events to focus on state logistics issues.