ALC Welcomes The Reapplication Of Temporary Planning Measures In QLD To Allow Essential Goods To Be Stocked Around The Clock

Media Release – 30 June 2021

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) welcomes the Queensland Government’s decision to reapply the temporary planning measures, instituted in response to the most recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the State that has resulted in snap lockdowns for South East Queensland, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Thursday Island.

Miss Rachel Smith, Interim CEO said, “I commend the Queensland Government’s rapid response to have these measures that were recommended by ALC once again put in place in response to the most recent lockdowns. 

“The removal of overnight delivery curfews on overnight deliveries to supermarkets and other retail premises including removing bans on heavy vehicles using certain routes ensures shelves are stocked with essential food and groceries, household items such as cleaning supplies and toilet paper, and medical supplies. 

“The most recent outbreak in Australia proves just how quickly the situation can evolve and demonstrates the need for permanent relaxation of these outdated restrictions. I encourage the Government to undertake long term regulatory reform to enable the supply chain to have flexibility to meet the changing demands of the Queensland community to ensure demand is met in times of a crisis.

“Australia’s supply chain is the unsung heroes of this pandemic and ALC will continue to work with governments to ensure the sector can continue to meet the evolving needs of the Australian community.

Our thoughts are with Queensland community as they prepare for the days ahead and our hope is they stay safe and well during this time.”

Miss Smith concluded “ALC now hopes the Queensland Government now puts in place a mechanism to determine which regulations that have been relaxed during the COVID crisis can be permanently removed so as to enhance productivity, as is happening in NSW”.