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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
'It can't take from one part of the supply chain and give to the other,' Mr Ethell said. He said the cost of not proceeding with key infrastructure projects means lower productivity and higher carbon emissions. 'Industry needs strong leadership from governments. We need planning decisions made early so industry can invest and adapt. Mr Ethell added that he believes industry is getting better at looking long-term and offering policy suggestions. 'Key to that would be finding the people who can bridge the world between government policy and the world of operation,' he said. He pointed to the ALC report, 'Towards an Efficient Freight Future', as an example of work done to monitor infrastructure bottlenecks. 'It's clear much more needs to be done,' Mr Ethell said. Joining the panel was Michael Deegan, Infrastructure Coordinator of Infrastructure Australia, Maurice James, Managing Director of Qube Logistics, Les Wielinga, Director General Transport for New South Wales and Lyn O'Connell, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport. In a reference to former United States President Bill Clinton's campaign slogan, 'It's the economy, stupid,' Mr Wielinga highlighted how infrastructure is at the centre of the state's economic goals. In his customary plain-spoken style, Mr Wielinga laid bare New South Wales's infrastructure challenges. Sydney Port growth was one example. Growth is expected at 6.5 per cent per year. Port Botany will handle seven million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) by 2030, up from two million in 2011. 'Every time I see this graph it scares the hell out of me,' Mr Wielinga said. 'How do you put that in place? You need to sit down and do the modelling. You calculate the demand, create the evidence base and come up with a response to meet the challenge.' Mr Wielinga also said New South Wales would need an intermodal facility in western Sydney. 'Moorebank is a very strategic location for both intrastate and interstate containers,' Mr Wielinga said. 37 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2012 The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) was established in 2007 to harmonise rail and safety practices across Australia. RISSB works closely with the Australian rail industry and with government to implement national rail standards, codes, rules and guidelines that reduce costs, increase productivity and increase rail safety. Many of its works have already had a major positive impact on the Australian rail industry. Major players, which include key track managers, operators, suppliers and related government departments, are now employing RISSB products. RISSB has produced 53 standards, six guidelines, seven codes of practice, a suite of national safe-working rules and procedures, a safety strategy and a railway level crossing strategy. The standards development process of RISSB is highly regarded by both the domestic and the international rail industry. RISSB is recognised by Standards Australia, the Australian Transport Council (ATC), the Australian Rail Safety Regulators and the Australian Rail Industry. All RISSB's standards, codes, rules and guidelines are developed by the industry, for the industry. RISSB welcomes all subject matter experts to submit their inputs and comments during its product development process. In addition, RISSB offers a range of programs tailored to the various industry development needs of rail professionals, such as the National Rail Turnout Workshop, Derailment Investigation and Analysis Workshop and the annual Rail Safety Conference. If you would like to receive its latest news, consultations or activity invitations, visit RISSB's website at www.rissb.com.au and take a minute to subscribe to their communications. Harmonising rail safety practices