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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2018
70 ALC FORUM 2018 Transport, advised that both transport and planning were the responsibility of a single minister in the Western Australian Government, and that cross- departmental land-use and transport planning throughout greater Perth and its outskirts has replaced the former ‘piecemeal’ approach. He also highlighted the Westport: Port and Environs Strategy, which is providing guidance to the Western Australian Government on the planning and development of the best intermodal, road and rail links to Western Australia’s ports (including the new Outer Harbour). The steering committee for the Strategy includes Directors Generals from six government departments, the Chair of the Western Australian Planning Commission, and the Chairman of the Fremantle Ports Board. Wendy McMillan, CEO, Rolling Stock Development at Transport for Victoria, emphasised the need for good consultation in the development of freight plans and strategies, noting that the Victorian Government is consulting widely on the preparation of its updated Freight Plan. There is little doubt that urban encroachment is having a serious impact on the operation of our freight networks, and that planning needs to be reformed in a way that will prevent future occurrences of the problem. Phil Lawes, Acting General Manager, Planning and Transport Policy at South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, supported this view, and spoke of the need to better integrate transport and land-use planning. He said that urban intensification should occur in places where public transport exists or can best be developed, and major freight routes should be sited in other places so that there is less conflict between the two. The ensuing discussion between the panel and delegates demonstrated strong support among Forum attendees for the idea that the Strategy will require the states to sign up to national principles or guidelines that mandate the consideration of freight whenever a planning decision on land use is made. Performance in this area should be benchmarked, so that we can assess which jurisdictions are performing well, and which are performing poorly. Phil Lawes, Wendy McMillan, Sally Noonan, Clare Gardiner-Barnes and Richard Sellers