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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
69 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2011 •95• Map of selected Australian sea ports Por t Walcott Varanus Island Barrow Island Airlie Island Terminal Thevenard Island & Saladin Marine Terminal Cape Cuvier Useless Loop Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Island Townsville Mackay Rockhampton BRISBANE MELBOURNE DARWIN SYDNEY Newcastle Por t Kembla Burnie HOBART Esperance Fremantle & Kwinana Geraldton Dampier Por t Hedland ADELAIDE Broome Bunbury Albany Cairns Gladstone Bundaberg Hastings Geelong Por tland Thursday Island Weipa Cape Flatter y Lucinda Mourilyan Abbott Point Hay Point & Dalrymple Bay Yamba Lord Howe Island Eden King Island Flinders Island Spring Bay Stanley & Latta Devonpor t Launceston Gove Milner Bay Bing Bong Wyndham Derby Carnar von Thevenard Por t Lincoln Whyalla Ardrossan Por t Bonython Por t Pirie Klein Point Por t Giles Wallaroo Cape Jer vis Karumba 69 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2011 BITRE Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook 2011 Freight is perceived as a ‘poor cousin’ in terms of planning, which can lead to freight being locked-out in some locations. of the national freight task. Issues such as a National Integrated System, Effective Local Planning and Smarter Regulations are fundamental to the ALC approach. Minister Albanese challenged industry to get involved in the process rather than ‘sitting back and complaining about governments not doing enough’. ALC agrees with Minister Albanese that ‘there will be push back because change is always difficult’. As the peak national body representing the major and national companies participating in the Australian freight transport and logistics supply chain, it is an important part of our role to encourage all Governments to focus on the national transport regulatory and infrastructure reform agenda. ALC agrees with the Discussion Paper’s assessment that ‘freight is perceived as a “poor cousin” in terms of planning, which can lead to freight being locked-out in some locations. However, the Discussion Paper’s preference for an ‘indicative strategy document/map showing likely major freight routes and precincts’ doesn’t go far enough. ALC instead recommends the development of a National Partnership Agreement between the states and territories to provide funding to ensure that land use decisions prioritise the efficient operation of ‘nationally significant’ T&L infrastructure. ‘This will leverage the Commonwealth’s ability to protect the national interest by ensuring the continued growth and development of the Australian freight supply chain is not frustrated’, said Mr Kilgariff. National ports Strategy Early in 2010, Infrastructure Australia released a draft National Port Strategy for public comment. The ALC’s submission, in May 2010, supported all but two of the recommendations in the draft. ALC disagreed with the idea of nominating a person in each metropolitan area to be responsible for the efficiency and reliability of port-related freight, especially in identified Freight Corridors. It also did not support the introduction of policies and incentives in an attempt to: spread port- related traffic into off-peak periods; induce higher load levels; and secure the Government’s desired shift in modal freight shares. COAG should also agree to the establishment of a national organisation to assist the efficient operation of Australia’s transport and logistics supply chains. The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, released the National Ports Strategy on 7 January 2011.