Have a say on future freight in Queensland
QUEENSLANDERS are being invited to have their say and help shape the state's burgeoning freight industry.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Queensland freight volumes were expected to grow by more than 20 per cent over the next decade.
"More than 2.5 million tonnes of freight moves through Queensland every day, providing households with food and clothes, removing waste, supporting the construction of houses and roads and moving agricultural and resource freight for export,” Mr Bailey said.
"We need a Freight Action Plan to define how all levels of government, industry and the community can work together to ensure the freight system keeps pace with new technologies and changing demand.
The Queensland Freight Action Plan will build on the five pillars in the Queensland Freight Strategy - Build Effective Partnerships, Unlock Economic Opportunity, Smarter Connectivity and Access, A Resilient Freight System and Safer Freight Movements.
Mr Bailey said the Queensland Freight Strategy was released in March 2019 and was developed through extensive consultation, including with the 19 peak industry groups on the Queensland Ministerial Freight Council which he chaired.
"It's said time and time again without freight, Australia stops,” Mr Bailey said.
"This plan acknowledges just how important a role freight will play in ensuring we continue to deliver more jobs for all Queenslanders and keep our economy booming.
Queensland Trucking Association CEO Gary Mahon said the major strength of road freight is timelines and flexibility.
"A coordinated multi-modal approach is essential to our economic growth. Get in and have your say to ensure the industry voice is heard in this important planning,” Mr Mahon said.
"The Queensland Trucking Association applauds proper planning and infrastructure investment as it is critical to Queensland's growth.”
Queenslanders can have their say at www.qfconsultation.tmr.qld.gov.au/ until submissions close on September 26.