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Final submissions called for freight and supply chain inquiry



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Darren Chester Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

19 July 2017

Final submissions called for freight and supply chain inquiry

 Submissions for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities close on 28 July 2017  The Inquiry will feed into the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which will help position Australia to meet national freight

demands of the market in coming decades  Submissions are being sought from all members of the supply chain

The Turnbull-Joyce Government is committed to growing jobs in Australia by better shaping our freight and supply chains, says Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester.

Mr Chester said final submissions were being called for the National Freight and Supply Chain Inquiry discussion paper and stakeholder input was essential to ensuring the nation can best take advantage of the growing freight task.

“This inquiry, which will feed into the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, will ensure Australia can meet the needs of consumers, businesses, and domestic and international markets and realise the opportunities to produce more local goods,” Mr Chester said.

“Our freight task will grow by 50 per cent over the next two decades as our nation’s population increases, creating additional demands on our transport network.”

The call for submissions coincides with the Minister hosting a Freight and Supply Chain Strategy roundtable with agribusiness stakeholders in Melbourne today.

“The Turnbull-Joyce Government is investing over $75 billion toward major infrastructure projects, including the $8.4 billion Inland Rail project between Melbourne and Brisbane, the $10 billion National Rail Program, and upgrades to the Bruce and Pacific Highways, to ensure that Australia’s freight task is met,” Mr Chester said.

“The strategy will ensure the right policy and regulatory settings are in place to optimise long-term infrastructure investments, boost Australia’s prosperity, and meet community expectations for safety, security, and environmental amenity.

“Everyone is part of the national supply chain, whether you are a producer competing with domestic and global markets, a freight operator shifting those products to our ports, or a consumer who wants the best value possible.

“With submissions closing on 28 July 2017, I would encourage all interested parties to have their say and help shape Australia’s freight future.”

To make a submission visit https://infrastructure.gov.au/transport/freight/national-strategy.aspx

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