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evidence is there, and the land identi ed
and reserved. New South Wales and the
Commonwealth should get on with it.
He said ALC is also concerned at the
prospect of another dispute in relation to
the Nation Building 2 program.
The Commonwealth has indicated that
under Nation Building 2, which begins
in 2014--2015, it will be seeking 50-50
funding arrangements with the states.
Under the present Nation Building 1
program, the split is generally 80-20.
ALC is calling on the federal government
to maintain the 80-20 split; otherwise,
overall public-sector spending on
infrastructure will inevitably fall because
of pressure on state budgets.
In the area of regulation, ALC will continue
to push for all proposed new laws to be
subject to greater levels of scrutiny so the
costs are clear for all to see.
Mr Telford also said ALC will advocate for
a review of the Road Safety Remuneration
Tribunal Act. The ALC's concerns stem
from the potential of the Tribunal straying
into areas that put it in con ict with
the Heavy Vehicle National Law, and
workplace health and safety legislation.
He concluded by reinforcing ALC's strong
commitment to safety, and its focus
in 2013 on continuing to expand the
National Logistics Safety Code.
The Victorian Minister for Public
Transport and Roads, Terry Mulder,
provided delegates with a comprehensive
overview of freight in Victoria, now and
in the future.
His message to delegates was that
freight does not ring a bell in the
community, but it drives the economy
and puts people in jobs.
He stressed the importance of the freight
logistics sector to Victoria's economy, and
provided an overview of the Ministerial
Freight Advisory Council, which has
been set up to advise Mr Mulder and the
Minister for Ports, Mr David Hodgett.
He also cited a number of major projects
designed to improve freight ef ciency
in the state, including four major
projects to upgrade regional highways in
Victoria, and a number of upgrades to
Mr Mulder said that 36 per cent of the
nation's container trade goes through the
Port of Melbourne, and that 43 per cent
of containers going through Geelong and
Portland contain agriculture produce. He
claimed that Victoria captures freight from
South Australia and southern New South
Wales because exporters nd Victoria
But, he added, the metropolitan area
posed the biggest freight challenge.
Freight is too dependent on the M1 as the
only east-west crossing. To address this,
Victoria is to build a new 18-kilometre
east-west link, which would take pressure
off the M1 and the Westgate.
Mr Mulder said Victoria is increasing the
use of more high-productivity freight
vehicles. A-double and B-triple trucks
will be given wider approval on regional
roads, and B-doubles will be given access
to more metropolitan roads.
But he said the productivity of B-doubles
has stalled, and that longer B-doubles are
needed to reverse the trend.
A longer version -- four metres longer
-- will be granted access to more
Victorian roads; but there was a need
to put safety at the forefront to get
Mr Mulder said we have to make sure
that longer trucks do not become
demonised and get 'picked off' by
He discussed Victoria's funding of a
Mode Shift Incentive Scheme to move
freight from road to rail in a way that
gives economic, social and environmental
bene ts at minimal cost to government.
Mr Mulder made the point that
40-kilometre-per-hour rail transport
is not a viable alternative to road
transport, and that rail needs upgrades
to make it competitive.
Overall, Victoria is spending $171 million
on rail upgrades.
Track and signalling upgrades will enable
30 more grain freight trains to transit
through Geelong, for example, by lifting
axle load restrictions from 19 to 23 tonnes
per axle. Upgrades will see more certainty
regarding train times and will allow for
more and longer trains.
Victoria is looking at standard-gauge links
to join the trans-continental link. It is
examining a Melbourne to Perth standard-
gauge track, bypassing Adelaide. This
would double-stack containers, making it
more competitive with road.
Mr Mulder outlined Victoria's plans for
greater port capacity, and the planning for
the Port of Hastings -- which he said has
deep water and available land -- as the
second international port.
He concluded by saying that the freight
task will double in the next three
decades. In response, the government
has established priorities for rail, road and
sea, and begun the process of rail links to
Melbourne and Avalon airports -- both are
international and without a curfew.
The Hon Terry Mulder MP
The Hon Terry Mulder MP
Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Roads.
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