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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
116 FORUM 2016 ALC Annual Dinner The Hon. Paul Fletcher, Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, delivered the special keynote address at the ALC Annual Dinner. He began by reminiscing about his brief tenure in the logistics industry – Fletcher worked for a year in the corporate strategy team at TNT in the mid-1990s. This experience, he said, combined with a number of senior positions in the telecommunications industry before joining Parliament, afforded him a keen appreciation of the importance of logistics to the broader economy. Fletcher said the government’s commitment to improving the efficiency of the sector is demonstrated by its significant infrastructure investment program. He said the government is investing $50 billion in critical road and rail infrastructure all around the country. He cited Moorebank as a particularly important infrastructure project that will transform the efficiency of freight movements in Sydney. The Moorebank project, the value of which is estimated to be $9 billion over 30 years, would significantly reduce truck traffic on Sydney’s roads, Fletcher said. When it is fully operational, one regularly operating port shuttle train will carry enough freight to replace 72,000 truck trips on Sydney’s roads each year. Turning to the Infrastructure Australia (IA) 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan, Fletcher said the government was considering its recommendations. Some of the important recommendations for ALC and its members are IA’s proposals for a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy,