More than 120 people attended the Australian Logistics Industry Parliamentary Cocktail Party on 24 June 2015 to highlight the economic importance of the inland rail project.
In his welcome speech, ALC Chairman, Don Telford, told guests that building the inland rail line is a huge opportunity for Australia, and that rail simply has to make a greater contribution to meet Australia’s future freight task.
He said getting more freight on to rail would reduce pressure on our road infrastructure and improve the global competiveness of our exporters. It would also create new jobs, and transform our supply chains for generations to come. These key points were highlighted by many of Australia’s leading logistics companies in a joint letter to the Prime Minister which appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 2-3 May.
David Irwin, Director, Pacific National reiterated industry’s strong support for inland rail, and spoke about some of the economic benefits of linking Brisbane and Melbourne with a dedicated rail freight line. Asciano were signatories to the open letter to the Prime Minister encouraging the Government to invest in inland rail.
ALC was also pleased to launch a new video on inland rail which outlines how the project will stimulate supply chain efficiency and encourages all sides of politics to get behind this important transformative project.