Freight Rail

Industry pleased with inquiry Terms of Reference

The rail and logistics sector has welcomed the release of the Terms of Reference for the Federal Government’s Inquiry into Freight and Supply Chain Productivity.

The inquiry will be led by a panel of Qube managing director Maurice James, NSW Ports boss Marika Calfas, and Infrastructure Australia board member Nicole Lockwood.

Federal infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester last week said the trio would help deliver the National Freight and Supply Chain strategy.

“The Turnbull Joyce Government has a record $50 billion infrastructure program rolling out across Australia and this strategy will assist in making long term infrastructure decisions that will reduce congestion, improve productivity, and create jobs,” Chester said.

“The Terms of Reference will provide scope of this Inquiry for the expert panel to ensure we develop the evidence-base we need to deliver a suitable national strategy.”

Australasian Railway Association chief executive Danny Broad welcomed the appointments of the three panel members.

Broad emphasised the importance rail should play in their thought process.

“For any potential Strategy to succeed,” he said, “the necessary steps to boost rail freight efficiency and to get more freight on rail need to be identified.”

Broad’s counterpart at the Australian Logistics Council, Michael Kilgariff, also welcomed the news.

“All panel members are recognised as industry leaders and have made a considerable contribution to the freight and logistics industry,” he said.

“I am confident that the Panel, working with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, with Infrastructure Australia, can deliver a report that sets a clear course for freight and logistics planning, infrastructure and regulation.”