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Talk’s over, time for action: Australian Logistics Council

<p>The Australian Logistics Council will now turn its attention to implementing the Industry Action Agenda for 2005 that it formulated during yesterday’s (Thursday, February 24) ALC Forum in Melbourne, chairman Ivan Backman said.</p> <p>Mr Backman said he was satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, which was attended by 120 industry leaders. They debated how to provide principled and productive leadership to freight services providers, their customers and governments in Australia.</p> <p>The ALC is determined to ensure that industry input influences the evolution of AusLink and assists in its timely implementation, he said.</p> <p>Top of the infrastructure improvement list is gathering support for a new inland railway system linking Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.</p> <p>"How to increase freight carried on rail, including upgrading the east-west link in Australia, is going to be the answer to coping with a projected doubling of the freight task in 2020," Mr Backman said.</p> <p>The ACL drafted position statements on key objectives for 2005, covering occupational health and safety, environmental performance and communication standards, among others.</p> <p>"The ALC was established by an agreed Industry Action Agenda and we now have an agenda for action in 2005," Mr Backman said. "The key will be making the partnership work."</p> <br />