ALC welcomes findings of NSW industrial lands policy review

Media release –  1 July 2022

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has today welcomed the findings of the New South Wales Greater Cities Commission review, of the industrial lands ‘retain and manage’ policy.

In a submission to the review in 2021, ALC called for the retain and manage policy to be preserved in order to protect industrial lands in Greater Sydney to ensure adequate room to move as the freight task grows.

ALC CEO Brad Williams said the key outcomes of the review, which noted the need to protect industrial land, meant the policy would continue to apply and maintain protections of critical industrial land that is key to the future of the supply chain.

“ALC welcomes the findings of the review and urges all levels of government to work together to ensure they are implemented going forward.

“We are confident the findings of the review, to maintain and strengthen the ‘retain and manage’ policy will deliver the right outcomes for industry, the economy and the greater Sydney community,” Mr Williams said.

“ALC supports appropriate land use planning protections to preserve key freight and industrial lands and the Commission’s draft guiding principles to support and strengthen the policy are encouraging.

“In our submission to the review, ALC noted that encroachment of residential and other sensitive uses on industrial lands has given rise to restrictions on freight and logistics operators.

“These include curfews, truck limits, restricted roads, increased road congestion and increasing the tyranny of distance – all of which only serve to put greater cost pressures on the industry and subsequently, consumers,” Mr Williams said.