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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
44 Chairman’s Message I am pleased to present the latest edition of Future Freight Networks. Through the history of the movement of freight in Australia, there has never been a more important time to ensure that our supply chains are safe, efficient, reliable, sustainable and internationally competitive. My own experience in this industry has been across most aspects of the freight transport and logistics chain – road and rail transport, shipping, stevedoring and warehousing. During this time I observed many changes, in particular the move away from each individual aspect of the transport chain to a focus on the management and efficiencies of the whole supply chain. It is clear that Governments are increasingly looking for a view that reflects the depth of the transport and logistics industry and the efficiency of the total supply chain. This alignment of our views will create many of the future opportunities for our industry. Through advocating good infrastructure decisions and the introduction of correct new national legislation, the Australian Logistics Council provides one way in which the industry can come together to discuss and articulate the views that all governments need to hear and act upon. Soon after taking office, I called on our members to use ALC as their representative; to be their voice in approaching the Australian and state governments. I am convinced that only with a united approach can we hope to achieve the outcomes that will make this industry more cohesive, efficient and competitive. To ensure that we are delivering the right message, I encourage you to talk to us and provide the feedback we need to complete our picture of the industry’s views. I thank you for your support throughout 2010 and look forward to a busy and interesting year in 2011. Don Telford Chairman