State Government of Queensland

03/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/12/2019 18:09

New strategy eyes 10-year outlook for sunshine state freight

The Palaszczuk Government has released its 10-year vision for the state's burgeoning freight industry.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Queensland Freight Strategy provided a framework to support trucking, shipping, rail and air cargo across the state over the next decade.

'As Queensland grows, so too will the demand for freight. The Queensland Freight Strategy is the key starting point for government, industry and the entire state to make sure we continue to have an integrated and resilient freight system that benefits all Queenslanders,' Mr Bailey said.

'Over the next ten years, the volume of freight moving across Queensland will grow more than 20 per cent, which it is why it's critical we have a guiding document in place to drive our freight industry in the right direction.

'We have worked extensively with key stakeholders on a clear vision for Queensland's freight system that provides certainty and a path forward for one of the most diverse and geographically challenging industries in the country.

The freight strategy provides five pillars to address the challenges of freight in the sunshine state: Build Effective Partnerships, Unlock Economic Opportunity, Smarter Connectivity and Access, A Resilient Freight System and Safer Freight Movements.

'It's said time and time again that without freight, Australia stops. This plan acknowledges just how important a role freight will play in ensuring the Palaszczuk Government continues to deliver more jobs for all Queenslanders and our booming economy.

'The freight sector is a major employer in the state and jobs are the number one priority of the Palaszczuk Government. More than 180,000 jobs have been created since we were elected in 2015, including 3,500 full time jobs in January this year.'

Queensland Resources Council's Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane said the competitiveness of Queensland's export economy relied on safe and efficient freight systems.

'Queensland's freight systems are the arteries of our economy and the Queensland Freight Strategy maps out how to keep those systems in tip-top shape,' Mr Macfarlane said.

'QRC congratulates Minister Bailey and his Department on their high-quality consultation process, with stakeholders, communities and unions all at the table.

'From shipping bauxite around Cape York, to the Mount Isa line across the North West into Townsville and securing freight access to the Port of Brisbane - the success of Queensland's resource exports relies on freight.'

To view the Queensland Freight Strategy visit: https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/business-industry/Transport-sectors/Freight ( https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com )

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