Issue: Traditionally, transport planning has been mode specific, with plans for road, rail, air etc. rather than adopting a whole of supply chain perspective. This is undesirable and undermines the efficiency of the sector. This has been partially addressed in the last 1-2 years with the release of National Port and Freight Strategies. Key actions from the strategies include a requirement to develop long term integrated master plans for ports and mapping key freight routes around Australia.
ALC Position: ALC supports the work being undertaken under both national strategies. The critical test will be to ensure that appropriate funding mechanisms are put in place to ensure freight routes which have been identified can be preserved. See the ALC submission on the National Land Freight Strategy.