• New ALC Chair Puts Focus on Population Challenge
  • Safety Summit Leads The Way For Industry
Federal & State
  • Ministerial Reshuffle
  • SA Ministerial Meetings
  • Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Minister for Western Sydney
  • Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles
  • Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy
Member News
  • GeelongPort Attracts Global Renewable Energy Company
Industry News
  • Austroads Freight Project - Operations of Automated Heavy Vehicles in Remote and Regional Areas
  • Brave New World? Container Transport in 2043
Media releases

Media mentions

New ALC Chair Puts Focus on Population Challenge

ALC has announced the appointment of Philip Davies as our new Chair, following the conclusion of his term as CEO of Infrastructure Australia.

As the announcement noted, our new Chair has a significant record of advocacy on policy issues of major importance to the freight logistics industry. 

On the day his appointment as Chair was announced, Philip published an opinion piece in The Australian which focussed on the need for a far more structured and targeted approach to population policy and settlement planning, in order to tackle major challenges like road congestion and urban encroachment inhibiting efficient freight movement.
Safety Summit Leads The Way For Industry

The 2018 ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit in Melbourne was an enormously successful event, cementing the Summit’s reputation as the nation’s leading supply chain safety event.

ALC was pleased to welcome the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) as co-host of this year’s Summit, which was the last major industry event prior to the expanded Chain of Responsibility (CoR) provisions within the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) coming into effect on 1 October.

The panel discussions and workshop sessions were noticeable for the high quality of the conversations, and the enthusiastic participation of the more than 300 delegates during Q&A sessions, which helped to stimulate interesting debates and made the Summit a particularly engaging experience.

You can learn more about some of the major themes and actions to emerge as a result of the Summit in the communique issued following the event.
 
Lachlan Benson 
Interim CEO

Federal & State

Ministerial Reshuffle

The new Prime Minister, Hon. Scott Morrison MP, recently announced a ministerial reshuffle which affects portfolios of relevance to freight logistics industry participants. In summary, the main changes are:
  • Hon. Alan Tudge MP becomes Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population (replacing Hon. Paul Fletcher MP);
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Hon. Michael McCormack MP adds the Regional Development portfolio to his responsibilities; and
  • Hon. Scott Buchholz MP has been appointed Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport
As ALC noted in its media release, the inclusion of population policy in Minister Tudge’s remit is especially welcome, given the issue ties to many of the challenges faced by freight operators, particularly road congestion.

SA Ministerial Meetings

On 23 August, ALC was in Adelaide to meet with:
  • Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan, SA Minister for Mining and Energy;
  • Hon. Rob Lucas, Treasurer of SA; and 
  • The office of Hon. Stephan Knoll, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Planning & Local Government
Pictured left: Lachlan Benson with Hon. Rob Lucas, Treasurer of SA. Pictured right: Lachlan Benson with Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan, SA Minister for Mining and Energy.

The purpose of the meetings was to convey ALC’s willingness to work with the recently-elected SA Government on matters of importance to the state’s freight logistics industry, including the establishment of Infrastructure SA and plans to enhance SA’s freight infrastructure though the GlobeLink initiative.

ALC took the opportunity to emphasise the importance of ensuring Infrastructure SA’s independence from Government.

Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Minister for Western Sydney

On 24 August, ALC took part in a Roundtable convened by the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, NSW Minister for Western Sydney, exploring opportunities for the freight logistics industry connected to the development of the Aerotropolis around Western Sydney Airport.

ALC was the only industry body invited to deliver a formal presentation at the Roundtable, which was attended by representatives of some of Australia’s leading freight operators and current members of ALC, other industry associations and representatives from Federal, NSW and local government authorities.

You can view ALC’s presentation to the Roundtable here.

Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles

ALC’s recently-formed Electric Vehicles Working Group has provided a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles.

The submission makes 13 recommendations regarding actions the Commonwealth Government could pursue in order to encourage the uptake of electric freight vehicles in Australia.

ALC provided further comment in support of its submission when it appeared at the public hearing of the Committee in Melbourne on 31 August.

ALC has also made a submission to Transport for NSW regarding the NSW Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Plan.

Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy

ALC attended last week’s launch of the report of the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy at Parliament House, which was addressed by both the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport & Regional Development, Hon. Michael McCormack MP and the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities & Regional Development, Hon. Anthony Albanese.

From an ALC policy perspective, the report is notable for its observations around the need to accelerate the uptake of vehicle safety technologies, which were also a major focus of discussions at the 2018 ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit.

ALC issued a media release which notes that this adds to the momentum for mandatory telematics in heavy vehicles.


Member News

GeelongPort Attracts Global Renewable Energy Company

The first shipment of wind turbine components has arrived at GeelongPort after a partnership was secured with a global renewable energy company. (GeelongPort is 50% owned by LINX Cargo Care Group).

With a presence in 79 countries, Vestas designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines across the globe.

The new shipment is bound for Yawong Wind Farm in western Victoria and Timboon West Wind Farm in southwest Victoria, each featuring Vestas V126-3.6 MW turbines and capable of powering 4,500 households. 

Further details are available in GeelongPort’s media release.

Industry News

Austroads Freight Project - Operations of Automated Heavy Vehicles in Remote and Regional Areas

Austroads has released a report looking at the operations of automated heavy vehicles in remote and regional areas.

With on-road automated heavy vehicles trials in development and increasing demand from operators to implement the technologies, it is imperative that a greater understanding of the requirements for using automated vehicle technologies on remote and regional roads is established.

The aim of this Austroads project is therefore to identify opportunities for future use of automated heavy vehicles, as well as mitigate any boundaries for such use.

The report can be downloaded here.

Austroads will also be hosting a webinar to discuss this report on Tuesday 25 September 2018 at 1:00pm.

The webinar is free but registration is essential. To register for this webinar, please click here.

Brave New World? Container Transport in 2043

What does the future hold for the container transport industry? To mark its 50th anniversary, TT Club has decided to fast forward to 2043 and report back.

In conjunction with global management consulting firm McKinsey, TT Club has published 'Brave new world?', a wide-ranging report summarising the passionate thoughts and opinions of industry leaders on what the future holds for the container industry over the next 25 years.

Rather than focusing on purely quantitative research and analysis of trends, the authors of the report interviewed over 30 highly respected leaders and experts from a wide cross section of the Transport chain. The aim was to gain a qualitative insight into the perceptions and confidence of the people who have greatest experience in the industry and are best placed to predict the sector’s future.

More information is available here.


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