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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2014
33 fUTUre freiGHT neTWorKS 2014 FORUM 2014 FORUM 2014 Don Telford said that, while the industry continues to experience flat and difficult economic conditions, it is encouraging that governments are focusing more on some of the long-term questions that are important to the industry, including infrastructure financing, addressing major freight bottlenecks and improving long- term freight planning. ALC can take at least some of the credit for these issues receiving greater prominence, Telford said. ALC has been hammering away at governments constantly over the past 12 months, releasing two policy statements last year to coincide with the federal election in September. There has been movement on many of these issues, and ALC will continue to be vigilant to ensure that good intentions and commitments are delivered on, including: • major infrastructure projects • long-term freight plans • reforms to reduce red tape. Telford told delegates that over the next 12 months, ALC will concentrate on: • a nationally consistent regulatory framework for the transport industry • continuing work on Chain of Responsibility (CoR) • reforms to heavy-vehicle pricing and investment • better urban planning to ensure that government decisions take the needs of freight into account • reducing unnecessary red tape, so we can all devote greater time and resources to improving business efficiency and safety. Telford also discussed highlights for ALC in 2014, including a new strategic plan, a parliamentary dinner in Canberra, a major safety summit, and a new report on freight’s contribution to the national economy. Don Telford Chairman, Australian Logistics Council Don Telford