Public support from the powerful Victorian Freight and Logistics Council for the Truck Action Plan is both timely and important, says Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP.
Speaking at the recent Moving Maribyrnong: Transport in the West function hosted by the Maribyrnong City Council, Rose Elphick, CEO of the Victorian Freight and Logistics Council, indicated that her organisation had recently written to the Baillieu Government urging them not to walk away from a number of key projects under the Victorian Transport Plan, including the Truck Action Plan and Westlink.
“This is a significant move from a peak body that is jointly funded by the Baillieu Government, and has on its Council thirty of the most senior and influential industry and government representatives, all hand-picked and appointed by the State Government,” Mr Noonan said.
“The Council exists to raise strategic issues with government which impact on the efficiency and future of the freight and logistics sector.”
“The Victorian Freight and Logistics Council includes the who’s who of the industry. Members include the Port of Melbourne Corporation, VECCI, Linfox, ANL, VicRoads, Victorian Farmers Federation, Victoria University, MAV, and three majors Unions. We are talking about some serious heavy-hitters here.”
In highlighting the need for the Truck Action Plan, the Victorian Freight and Logistics Council now joins a growing chorus of stakeholders including the Maribyrnong City Council, Transport Workers Union, Leadwest, MTAG, the Less Trucks for Moore Street Group, the Yarraville Community Centre, local schools and childcare centres in their support of an infrastructure project that would redirect one million trucks away from local roads in and around the Footscray/Yarraville area.
“This support highlights that the Truck Action Plan is not just about improving community amenity, it’s also about moving freight more efficiently around our city,” Mr Noonan said.
“The previous State Labor Government had a firm and well supported solution to removing truck traffic from residential streets and even allocated $40 million to commence the first of three stages of the truck bypass route.”
“The Baillieu Government may not care about local residents in Melbourne’s west, but will they turn their back on the freight industry?”
“Almost a year in Government and Ted Baillieu appears no closer to determining the future of this critical project.”
The following list shows the current members of the Victorian Freight and Logistics Council (as listed on their website).
Victorian Freight and Logistics Council members:
Chair: John Begley Begley, Hobba Manton Pty Ltd
|Mr Stephen Bradford||Port of Melbourne Corporation|
|Ms Nola Bransgrove||Branstrans Pty Ltd|
|Mr Jim Cooper||Port of Portland|
|Mr Trevor Dobbyn||Rail, Tram and Bus Union|
|Mr Peter Fox||Fox Group Holdings Pty Ltd|
|Mr Terry Garwood||Department of Transport|
|Mr Chris James||VECCI|
|Mr Tim Kennedy||National Union of Workers|
|Mr Gary Liddle||VicRoads|
|Mr Phil Lovel AM||Victorian Transport Association|
|Mr Wayne Mader||Transport Workers Union|
|Mr David Marchant|
|Mr Wes McDiarmid||Future Force Training & Recruitment|
|Mr David Munro||ANL Container Line Pty Ltd|
|Mrs Maria Palazzolo||GS1 Australia|
|Dr Hermione Parsons||Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics, Victoria Unviersity|
|Ms Sue Perry||Murray Goulburn Cooperative Ltd|
|Mr Richard Pierse||Future Force Training and Recruitment|
|Mr Robert O'Brien||Department of Business and Innovation|
|Mr Geoff Smith||SCT Logistics|
|Mr Rob Spence||Municipal Association of Australia|
|Mr Peter Tuohey||Victorian Farmers Federation|
|Mr Lil Valente||Melbourne Airport|
|Mr Ken Wakefield||Wakefield Transport/Ironhorse Intermodal|
|Mr Graeme Walker||DHL Global Forwarding|
|Mr Lindsay Ward||Victorian Regional Channels Authority (VRCA)|
|Mr Patrick Clancy||Senior Advisor to Minister Dr Denis Napthine, Minister for Ports, Regional Cities, Racing and Major Projects|
|Mr Phil Connole||Chief of Staff and Ports Advisor to Minister Dr Denis Napthine, Minister for Ports, Regional Cities, Racing and Major Projects|
|Mr Angelo Demertzis||Australian Rail Track Corporation|
|Mr Brian Fitzpatrick||Advisor to Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips, Minister for Technology, Minister responsible for the Aviation Industry|
|Mr John Ginivan||Observer for Minister Matthew Guy, Minister for Planning|
|Ms Sarah Smith||Advisor to Minister Richard Dalla-Riva, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Manufacturing, Exports and Trade|