With thanks for a warm welcome

Federal & State
  • ALC Boardroom Lunch with the Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Victorian Minster for Roads, Road Safety and Ports
  • Briefing with the Hon Jacinta Allan MP, Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports
  • Hon Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Minister for Western Sydney
Member News
  • LINX Cargo Care Group reaches agreement to acquire Pedersen Group
  • Patrick Leads The Way With Female Cadetship Program
  • LINX Builds Awareness Across Australia to Support White Ribbon
  • Parkes Inland Port Set to be Regional NSW’s First Special Activation Precinct
Industry News
  • IA’s Infrastructure Decision-making Principles Released
  • Future Skilling Australia’s Workforce
  • Real-world research to evaluate heavy vehicle driver fatigue
Events
  • 2018 ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit
Media releases

Media mentions

With thanks for a warm welcome

It is a pleasure to pen my first column for a ALC Update as Interim CEO, and reflect on what’s been a busy month for ALC and for many in the freight logistics industry.

My first official public duty in the role was to participate in the enormously successful Inland Rail Conference, which ALC jointly hosted with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) in Parkes on 18-19 July.

Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and Lachlan Benson, Interim CEO, Australian Logistics Council

With 400 people in attendance, the two days of discussions highlighted the flow-on benefits across all modes of freight transport, as well as for regional communities.


As the first industry-led event dedicated to examining all facets of Inland Rail, the conference gave participants the opportunity to hear directly from key political and executive figures responsible for delivering this project. 


Conference sessions also explored what customers, operators, manufacturers, producers and local communities need to be doing now to take advantage of the opportunities Inland Rail will undoubtedly offer.


The level of enthusiasm and engagement from all conference participants in Parkes was striking, and the breadth of the issues discussed was almost as diverse as the range of Elvis-related puns offered by presenters and attendees alike.


There is a clear appetite from the industry to maintain the momentum. As a result of this, ALC and the ARA are now exploring opportunities to host another Inland Rail Conference in Toowoomba in mid-2019.

Further details about the industry priorities that emerged from the Inland Rail Conference are available here.

Enthusiasm was also evident in another milestone for ALC that occurred in July – the inaugural meeting of ALC’s newly-formed Electric Vehicles Working Group, with members offering practical examples of how these vehicles can help the freight industry improve its environmental performance while also enhancing efficiency.

The Working Group’s first task will be to make a submission to the current Senate Select Committee On Electric Vehicles.

Over the coming weeks, the attention of the ALC Secretariat team will be on preparations for the 2018 ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit, being held in Melbourne on 5-6 September.


ALC is pleased to have the ATA join us as co-host of this year’s Summit, which comes at a crucial time for industry, ahead of the commencement of expanded Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) on 1 October.


If you want to be certain you’re across the detail of these changes and the steps you need to take to ensure compliance, then this year’s Summit is a must-attend event. Be sure you don’t miss out by taking the time to register now.


Lachlan Benson 
Interim CEO

Federal & State

ALC Boardroom Lunch with the Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Victorian Minster for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

On 12 July, ALC hosted the Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Hon Luke Donnellan MP, at a Boardroom Lunch in Melbourne.

With the Victorian State Government putting the finishing touches on the updated Victorian Freight Plan, much of the conversation centred on the need for industry certainty over key pieces of freight infrastructure. 

Pictured left - right: Michael Kilgariff, former ALC Managing Director, Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports, and Simon Ormsby, Group Executive Strategy & Corporate Development, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), and ALC Deputy Chair.

There was particular emphasis on the need for a clear response from the Victorian Government regarding the site of the Western Interstate Freight Terminal (WIFT) and in relation to Infrastructure Victoria’s advice on the location of Victoria’s second container port.

Briefing with the Hon Jacinta Allan MP, Victorian Minister for Public Transport and Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

The Victorian Government released its updated Victorian Freight Plan on 20 July, and this week ALC attended a briefing featuring Ministers Allan and Donnellan, which discussed the Government’s transport agenda, including the new Freight Plan.

ALC used the briefing to commend the Victorian Government for including the issue of incentivising the uptake of telematics for all heavy vehicles registered in Victoria as part of the plan.

This will help add momentum for meaningful reform in this area ahead of the November meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee (TIC).

Hon Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Minister for Western Sydney

ALC met with Hon Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Minister for Western Sydney, last week to discuss the freight logistics industry’s priorities in this rapidly growing economic region.

During the meeting, the Minister requested that ALC play a leadership role at an upcoming Industry Roundtable to be held in Western Sydney, and assist the NSW Government to drive the action items that will flow from the discussion.

The Roundtable will specifically be examining the needs of the freight logistics industry around the new Western Sydney Airport, the development of intermodal terminals, planning and corridor protection matters.

Member News

LINX Cargo Care Group reaches agreement to acquire Pedersen Group

LINX Cargo Care Group, and its subsidiary C3 Limited, announced last week that it has been successful in its bid to acquire Pedersen Group, a market leading provider of wood chipping and woodyard management services to pulp and paper mills, and forest owners in Australia and New Zealand.
Pedersen Group handles over 8.3 million tonnes per annum of wood fibre across its operations, in the form of logs, wood chip and hog fuel. The company employs 140 people across Australia and New Zealand and has an existing joint venture with C3 Limited, which provides wood yard management services to customers.

Anthony Jones, Group CEO for LINX Cargo Care Group and Chairman of C3 Limited said the acquisition of Pedersen Group brings a complementary service offering to customers, including a highly skilled workforce who specialise in wood chipping and woodyard management.


Further information is available here.


Patrick Leads The Way With Female Cadetship Program

Patrick has announced that applications are open for their 2018 WILpower Management Cadetship, an accelerated development leadership program designed to help talented women with an interest in logistics build a career in the industry. 


The WILpower program is a two-year structured cadetship which aims to deliver on the job learning in operational roles for talented women who may lack industry experience, thus promoting and encouraging diversity within the Patrick workforce.


The WILpower Management Cadetship will provide ten women with the opportunity to develop the skills required to enter operational management roles in Patrick. The program will operate nationally with two roles located at each of the Patrick sites, including: Port Botany in Sydney, Fisherman Islands in Brisbane, Fremantle in Western Australia, and Melbourne’s East Swanson Dock and St Kilda National Operations and Commercial Centre.


Applications close on 17 August, and further information is available here.


LINX Builds Awareness Across Australia to Support White Ribbon

Hundreds of employees from LINX Cargo Care Group joined forces with White Ribbon on Friday 27 July to support White Ribbon Night.


To celebrate the partnership, LINX Cargo Care Group facilitated awareness sessions at their sites across the country with White Ribbon Ambassadors who inspired employees with their personal stories.


White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promoting gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.


White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.


Further information is available here.


Parkes Inland Port Set to be Regional NSW’s First Special Activation Precinct

Regional New South Wales’ first special activation precinct which would include an inland port in Parkes will create jobs and enable agricultural value-adding, bringing regional suppliers closer to their markets, thanks to a strategic investment by the NSW Government.


Parkes Shire Council General Manager Kent Boyd welcomed the announcement and congratulated the State government’s 20-year vision for regional NSW and its commitment to such a rapid timetable for delivery.


“This special activation precinct around the Parkes National Logistic Hub is the realisation of a long-term community vision that has been top-of-mind since the railway went through Parkes in the 1800s. It is our region's Snowy 3.0 and will have the same impact to that the Snowy Hydro Scheme had for our nation in the 1950s,” Mr Boyd said.


Further information is available here.

Industry News

IA’s Infrastructure Decision-making Principles Released

ALC welcomed the release of a set of clear Infrastructure Decision-making Principles by Infrastructure Australia (IA) last week, which will help to promote better decision-making on infrastructure planning and investment.

ALC has consistently stated that decisions surrounding freight infrastructure development must be based on economic need, not political convenience. 

The principles set out by IA align with ALC’s long-standing advocacy in this area, as set out in Freight Doesn’t Vote, ALC’s submission to the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, as well as our recent discussion paper, Laying the Foundation.

Further details are available in ALC’s media release.

Future Skilling Australia’s Workforce

Are you ready for the new digital age? What skills will our workforce of the future need? With projections that 375 million jobs (14% of the global workforce) will be automated by 2030, our industries need to join forces to tackle these questions

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is bringing together leaders from key industries to explore current and future skills challenges caused by the changing world of work.

A series of Industry Skills Forums around the country will be hosted by prominent journalist and author Kerry O'Brien. The Forums will feature panel discussions about future skilling in an age of digital transformation, as well as industry-specific break-out sessions.

AIS Industry Skills Forums will be held in each capital city around the country from September to November, kicking off in Canberra on 11 September. For more information and to register your interest for these free events, go to www.futureskilling.org.au.

Real-world research to evaluate heavy vehicle driver fatigue

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is working with the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity (Alertness CRC) to evaluate the impacts of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) on driver fatigue.

This new video about the research project explores both the real-world and laboratory phases of the study with the view of encouraging more drivers to take part.

The research phase of the project is due for completion at the end of 2018. The NTC will present findings to transport ministers in May 2019.

Events

Program Announced For Australia’s Leading Supply Chain Safety Event

The 2018 ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit will be held on 5-6 September 2018 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre, with the program featuring both policy discussions and workshops.

ALC is pleased to welcome the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) as co-hosts for this year's Summit, which comes at a critical time for our industry.

This will be the last major industry event before the commencement of the expanded Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) on 1 October.

This year’s Summit will be addressed by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Hon Michael McCormack MP, as well as leading Australian and international experts who can help you make sense of your safety obligations – and offer up-to-date advice about what you need to do to ensure compliance.

There will be a detailed exploration of the new Registered Industry Code of Practice (Master Code) for heavy vehicle safety, jointly developed by ALC and the ATA, as well as a focus on other policy issues raised in ALC's position paper, Improving Heavy Vehicle Safety the Australian Way, released in April.

Registrations for the Summit are now open – secure your place now!


Media mentions

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