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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
36 ALC EVENTS ALC FORUM 2016 The theme of 2016 ALC Forum, held at Randwick Racecourse, was Future Logistics Infrastructure. More than 250 people attended the Forum, Australia’s premier freight logistics and supply chain event, with senior figures from across industry and government emphasising the need for action on a range of fronts to improve the efficiency of Australia’s supply chains. Incoming ALC Chairman Ian Murray AM stressed the need to ensure that Australia has the right infrastructure in place, operating efficiently to underpin the continued growth of the logistics sector and of the Australian economy. The 2016 Forum also paid special attention to New South Wales, where the state’s freight task is expected to double by 2030. Speakers at the Forum covered a range of issues. They called for industry and government efforts to work together to progress heavy-vehicle road reforms to achieve more efficient freight movements. More work needed to be done to convince the public of the benefits of logistics investment and reform, particularly to ports’ landside infrastructure, to underpin continued economic growth and community wellbeing. Several speakers stressed the need for more attention to corridor preservation in all jurisdictions’ planning documents. Local government should be brought into the planning. Rail access to Australia’s major ports and their linkages to intermodal facilities had to be improved. This would increase port capacity and decrease road congestion in major cities. Several speakers stated that the Inland Rail line should be built, with efficient connections to ports in Melbourne and Brisbane to support Australia’s future freight effort, and to move north–south freight out of the Sydney basin. Inland Rail would also improve links between Brisbane and Perth, as well as the regional cities along the route. The growth in e-retailing means that industry and government need to work closer together to improve the efficient delivery of parcels in CBD areas. At the Forum, ALC agreed to consult with regulators on behalf of industry on proposed changes to Chain of Responsibility provisions contained within the Heavy Vehicle National Law. It also agreed to take a leadership role to increase diversity and inclusion in the logistics industry. Greater efficiencies in, and more use of, the maritime sector should be pursued, along with greater efficiency of freight movement at Sydney Airport. The Forum also saw the launch of a new Australian Transport Standards for Freight Labelling and EDI developed by the ALC Supply Chain Standards Working Group for the Australian transport and logistics industry. ALC EVENTS ALC organised six major industry events during 2016. They provided excellent opportunities for industry players and representatives to engage with government and regulators on a wide range of industry issues. ALC Chairman Ian Murray AM addresses Forum