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Don’t lock us up – the industry needs room to move

Australia’s urban areas are growing, and the industry’s urban freight jobs are also growing.

The future looks bright. From new homes, improved amenities, shoes to kitchen sinks, everything can be ordered and delivered online (if you haven’t already).

But there is a storm on the horizon. And it takes the form of an under-planned and underdeveloped city, kneeling down by its inability to provide its essential supply chain functions.

Australia’s domestic freight volume is estimated at 725 billion ton-kilometers, more than quadrupling over the last 45 years.

It is projected to increase by 25% to 926 billion ton-kilometers between 2018 and 2040. In short, planning determines how to accomplish that task. Supplying industrial land and conserving the site are fundamental to the future prospects of the community.

However, tensions between industry and government over the protection of industrial land are not new debates.

ALC has long advocated the conservation of freight railway construction projects. As a result, the National Urban Freight Planning Principles were formulated and adopted. These principles were approved by the Infrastructure Transport Ministers’ Meeting earlier this year.

These principles form part of the national freight and supply chain strategy and are essential to ensure that government plans properly consider the continued movement of freight as the city grows.

However, these principles are not mandatory and the industry is in a position to regularly defend the use of land used to serve the surrounding communities.

Need to change the current “retention and management” policy of industrial land to allow for rezoning and more flexible use of industrial land, as recently shown in the Greater Sydney Commission’s Industrial Land Policy Review? please.

This has the potential to enable housing and other non-industrial services in the current industrial area of ​​Greater Sydney.

The protection and conservation of industrial land in both national and local markets is the basis of the future operational capabilities of the supply chain.

A secure supply of industrial land, close to densely populated areas and away from residential areas, is essential to control the cost of freight transportation and the efficiency and productivity of the supply chain.

Long-term thinking and common sense are needed to enable the invasion of industrial land into residential areas and avoid deficiencies in planning decisions that put pressure on critical supply chains.

Land use planning and development approvals that improperly consider the noise, vibration, and other amenity impacts of freight facilities ultimately confirm improper zoning and residential land use in industrial areas and transport corridors. May be placed next to.

In addition, curfew, driving area, vehicle type, and other restrictions may be imposed, further reducing sector productivity, reducing economic competitiveness, and increasing costs.

As a result, increased congestion in our cities limits efficient access to freight facilities and impacts the predictability of deliveries. Last mile deliveries are already growing rapidly to meet the demands of metropolitan consumers.

The growth of business-to-just-in-time and on-demand delivery to customers, driven by the continued increase in e-commerce and courier services, has increased pressure on the veranda space, among vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. Increasing interaction.

Inadequate land use planning contributes to the congestion of fast-growing cities. Congestion affects livability and the economy.

Congestion costs in Australia reached $ 19 billion in 2016 and are expected to grow to $ 39 billion annually by 2031.

The cost of congestion is the loss of productivity of businesses and individuals, environmental and health concerns due to emissions due to the impact on air quality and noise generation, the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, the impact on scaffolding in retail areas, and the community. The impact on available public spaces.

Taking a common sense and long-term approach through observance and application of national planning principles can avoid some of the problems we are facing today, but can also contribute to improving the habitability of cities. ..

Educating the community about the need to do today’s processes correctly and coexist with supply chains that provide food, groceries and consumer goods in a timely and efficient manner will prevent storm brewing on the horizon. May mean.

Blood Williams

Don’t lock us up – the industry needs room to move Don’t lock us up – the industry needs room to move

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