A common concern often raised when discussing import/export economics relates to the transport and freight logistics sector’s shortcomings to meet their potential and capability in handling the national freight task.
Given that NSW is the largest component of the national freight network its limitations are extremely significant factors when efficiency and capacity improvements are required to meet national trade and freight growth demand.
More often than not, key components of the NSW freight logistics network act as a bottleneck in the operational efficiency of freight movements. Business leaders often state that their biggest logistics obstacle is the inadequacy of existing supply chain infrastructure and its current capacity to get goods to market more efficiently, effectively and sustain-ably.
The Inter-Port Global (I-PG) transport and freight logistics infrastructure development focuses on a sequence of actions that will lift efficiency, increase capacity, reduce environmental costs and improve the economic opportunities for investment in industries dependent upon efficient transport and freight logistics operations.
This presentation emphasises the vital importance of NSW transport infrastructure within the national economy and provides an overview of the AID models ability to revitalise and value-add to eastern Australia’s Port – Rail and associated freight logistic networks.
This will be established through the appointment of additional Port and Rail installations and the restoration of strategic sections of the NSW country rail freight network, the pivotal hub of the national freight system.
Given the state’s central alignment, there can be no argument that NSW transport infrastructure is the fundamental cornerstone of Australia’s national land transport network, therefore it is appropriate that the focus of infrastructure reform is centred on NSW.
The architecture of the project is focused on strengthening the N.S.W. Government’s ten year Industry Action Plan to rebuild the N.S.W. state economy, build and renovate vital transport infrastructure, manage demographic growth and provide quality services that strengthen the regional economic environment of the state.
From a national perspective, the project also supports The National Ports and Freight Strategic Plan 2012, The National Land Freight Strategy and Seamless National Economy Planning System Principals.
The forward looking holistic infrastructure model will undoubtedly position the state and national economies for strong growth and global competitiveness within this century, and beyond.
Importantly, it will articulate a way forward in order to build on agricultural productivity, assist in decentralization and planning through sustained socio-economic growth, capitalize on growing export opportunities and achieve growth in network capacity, efficiency and reliability.