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Canberra

V HQUSE OF REPRESENTATI VES STANDING COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT. COMMUNICATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

PARLIAMENT IiOl'SH CANBERRA ACT 260) TEL: (06) 277 46,11

FAX: (06, 277 2067

27 N ovem b er 1995

MEDIA RELEASE

WATERFRONT WHINGEING BLOCKS PROGRESS

Constant rhetoric from governments, politicians and^jndustry associations is masking the problems in the transport chain to the waterfront, Mr Morris told Parliament today.

This is a lazy and obstructive approach to a difficult and complex logistics problem, Mr Morris said.

Service providers need to develop a team approach to maximise the productivity and efficiency of port related services.

Waterfront productivity is important, yet efficient use of transport services to the waterfront is even more important to exporters, importers and Australia's international comp etiti ven ess.

The report's recommendations include:

• the need for better consultation, through Interface Efficiency Councils, to facilitate the efficient movement of cargo to and from the waterfront and to ensure effective communications and coordination at the port interface;

• a more detailed assessment of the opportunities to introduce developments in software technology; and

• that Transport Ministers, through the Australian Transport Council, ensure that the prime role of ports is the facilitation of trade and commerce.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Transport, Communications and Infrastructure tabled its report today entitled WAREHOUSE TO WHARF - FINAL REPORT, Efficiency of the Interface between Seaports and Land Transport.

Copies of the report are available from the committee secretariat.

F urther in form ation : Mr P eter M orris, MHR (06) 277 4520 C om m ittee S e c r e ta r ia t (S tep h en Boyd) (06) 277 4597