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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2013
28 ALC ADVOCACY AND POLICY SUBMISSIONS National Transport Commission In July, ALC called for the winding up of the National Transport Commission, because its mission has been served now that a set of coherent national laws has been by and large developed. The ALC submission to the transport and infrastructure senior of cials meeting said that regulation of road, rail and maritime transport should be left to the three newly created national regulators. Local Government ALC has expressed concern that local government action can interfere with the ef ciency of the supply chain if not fully informed on logistics issues. In October, an ALC response to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal Local Government Compliance and Enforcement Issues Paper cited the example of the Toll Group Villawood Intermodal Terminal, which was closed because of dif culties getting local governments to agree to ef cient transport routes. In the submission, ALC repeated its stand made in 2011 to the Productivity Commission that local government decisions were adding costs to the logistics industry, which, of necessity, were being passed on to small businesses and consumers. During the year, ALC wrote to all Australian council and shire mayors and CEOs, introducing ALC and encouraging them to continue a strong engagement with our sector. Improving dialogue between industry and local government will lead to a deeper understanding of each other's high-priority issues, as they relate to freight, such as infrastructure planning, urban development and transport access. ALC has since received a strong response from a large number of councils. Infrastructure Infrastructure Australia's Infrastructure Finance Working Group has agreed with a number of key issues raised by ALC in a report on long-term infrastructure planning. It recommends that state and territory governments should prepare 20-year infrastructure strategies that share a common framework and timeframe. ALC's infrastructure report, 'Towards an Ef cient Freight Future', recommended that the Commonwealth should make its infrastructure funding conditional on states achieving speci c reforms, such as each capital city having a 20-year freight strategy consistent with the National Freight and Port Strategies. ALC welcomed the Infrastructure Australia report, 'Progress and Action', which called for a pilot land freight reform project on the Hume Highway in New South Wales and Victoria, and a pilot study at Chullora rail terminal to increase mass limits on access roads. The report also proposes the creation of a national roads portfolio manager to realise nationally signi cant economic bene ts. Previously, ALC proposed the creation of a body called Freight Australia, which would be responsible for developing a long-term plan to improve performance of corridors on the network. ALC agreed with another Infrastructure Australia report, calling for more assets to be transferred to the private sector given the strain on public-sector budgets. Airports ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff addressed the Australian Airports Association National Conference, saying that air freight must be core business at airports. He said air freight was not being given the priority it deserved at many of Australia's major airports. He called for planning for a second airport in the Sydney basin. After the speech, ALC wrote to Federal Minister Albanese expressing concern that the freight logistics industry's ability to manage the future air freight task is being undermined by planning and access regimes at a number of airports. ALC argued that the Airports Act 1996 should be amended to give greater attention to the ef cient movement of freight. ALC also wrote to all state and territory transport ministers expressing concerns about the air--land transport interface.