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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
72 Map of top 40 Australian airports Gove ADELAIDE Mount Gambier Launceston Avalon MELBOURNE Albury CANBERRA Por t Macquarie Williamtown SYDNEY Wagga Wagga Dubbo Bundaberg Mildura BRISBANE Gladstone Townsville Mount Isa Cairns Port Lincoln Kalgoorlie PERTH Karratha Newman Port Hedland ALICE SPRINGS Broome DARWIN Gold Coast HOBART International airpor ts Other airpor ts Coffs Harbour Ballina Maroochydore Hervey Bay Rockhampton Hamilton Island Mackay Proserpine Ayers Rock 72 BITRE Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook 2011 ALC welcomed the Strategy, which has reinforced the importance of a national approach to the planning and development of the national freight task. ALC supports the aim of the National Port Strategy for better long-term planning on the waterfront, where operators will be required to publish 50-year master plans. The plans will detail the expected growth in trade activity at the ports, as well as the facilities that will be required to handle that growth. A key recommendation by ALC to both the National Ports Strategy and National Freight Strategy was that planning needs to include strategies to prevent urban encroachment, not only at the ports themselves but also the road and rail corridors into and out of them. ALC recommended the development of a National Partnership Agreement between the states and terr- itories, to ensure that land use decisions prioritise the efficient operation of ‘nationally significant’ T&L infrastructure. At the very least, ALC expects that any identified buffer strategies designed to permit the coexistence of port operations and port side residential living, should be contained in the capital city strategic planning system that COAG expects states and territories to have prepared by 1 January 2012. If the freight effort is not to be frustrated, there should be greater clarity on the rules surrounding land use. ALC also supports the recommendations around the use of Information and Communications (ICT) Technology to increase efficiencies in the freight task, many of which were discussed in the ALC Policy Paper – Using Information & Communication Technology to Increase Productivity in the Australian Transport & Logistics Industry. Shaping Melbourne’s Freight Future In September 2010, ALC made a submission to the Victorian Department of Transport in response to a Discussion Paper on the Shaping of Melbourne’s Freight Futures. ALC generally agrees with the proposal that creation of the Metropolitan Freight Terminal Network (MFTN)