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NSW freight strategy tops advisory group’s agenda

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> A freight strategy for New South Wales will be top of the agenda for the state’s new freight advisory body. </span> <p>By Sineva Toevai<br />The NSW Freight Advisory Council, which recently replaced the Freight and Logistics Council NSW, held the first of a series of meetings last month to discuss the development of the strategy.</p><p>“An efficient and effective freight network is vital to the economy of NSW and Australia,” a spokesman for the council said.</p><p>“Both the Metropolitan Transport Plan and the NSW State Plan identified a need for a longer-term strategy that details the initiatives and actions that the government should undertake to achieve these outcomes, particularly the target of 40% of freight out of Port Botany being moved by rail by 2016.”</p><p>The freight issues the NSW Freight Advisory Council plans to address include:<br />&bull regulatory and/or policy impediments<br />&bull supply chain issues: port linked, metropolitan, rural/regional<br />&bull challenges to be addressed in the short, medium and longer term including geographic, economic, social, environmental and financial<br />&bull existing and planned infrastructure project and initiatives – likely impacts, ongoing gaps<br />&bull key trends and developments, including those at a national and international level that will impact on options for the efficient movement of goods and<br />&bull industry engagement.</p><p>A national ports and freight network strategy is also being developed by the Federal Government’s Infrastructure Australia (IA). All states and jurisdictions are providing their own freight strategies that will feed into IA’s National Freight Network Strategy. A draft of this is expected to be released shortly.</p><p>Source: Lloyd’s List Daily Commercial News – <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lloydslistdcn.com.au/">www.lloydslistdcn.com.au</a></p><p>&nbsp</p>