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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2018
69 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2018 Synergies between state port and freight strategies This panel session explored the critical role that state and territory governments will play in supporting the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy though their own jurisdictional strategies. There was general agreement throughout the session that obtaining ‘buy-in’ from states and territories is essential if the National Strategy is to deliver on its objectives once finalised, and that a cooperative approach will be critical to ensuring the Strategy’s success. Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy & Planning at Transport for NSW, indicated that New South Wales is working hard to ensure that its activities align with the development of the National Strategy. New South Wales sees particular merit in much tighter integration of transport and planning, and corridor protection is critical for the state if it is going to meet the freight transport needs of its rapidly growing population, particularly in south-west Sydney. She identified the Inland Rail project as one that offers a chance for different states to adopt a single, uniform approach to corridor protection. Should the process used in the Inland Rail project be successful, that would make the harmonisation of other aspects of planning far easier, because there would be a real, live example of what could be achieved when different jurisdictions work together. Sally Noonan, Deputy Director-General, Policy, Planning and Investment Division at Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, stressed the importance of reducing the environmental impacts of freight movement. This is a particularly sensitive issue for Queensland, which has 19 trading ports operating in relatively close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. She pointed to the benefits of Queensland’s Sustainable Ports Act, which was commenced by the former LNP Government and had been continued by the current ALP Government. Under this Act, there is a ‘master planning’ process for ports, which will preserve areas for future essentials that growing ports require, such as corridors for roads, rail lines and intermodal facilities. This facilitates coordinated planning of land and port areas through a cooperative approach. Existing planning authorities still retain their decision-making roles, but the process ensures that state interests are managed consistently, providing certainty for all parties. Richard Sellers, Director General of Western Australia’s Department of Phil Lawes, Wendy McMillan, Sally Noonan, Clare Gardiner-Barnes and Richard Sellers