Victorian Government has created a one stop shop for country’s freight industry, laying out a blueprint to grow the economy, create jobs and take more trucks off local roads.
The Victorian Freight Plan, “Delivering the Goods”, establishes Freight Victoria, a dedicated, specialist freight division of Transport for Victoria to boost Victoria’s freight advantage.
Delivering the Goods sets out a path to increase Victoria’s gross product by AUD 40 billion (USD 29.6 billion) by 2040 and shift more freight onto rail, developing new inland freight terminals and a new freight precinct adjacent to the Port of Melbourne.
“Industry has told us they want better coordination with government on the planning, management and delivery of Victoria’s freight and logistics network. That’s why we have established Freight Victoria as a single point of contact, a one-stop-shop for primary producers, the freight and logistics industry and local government to contact for information and assistance,” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.
It includes actions to deliver the AUD 137.6 million (USD 102 million) allocated in the 2018/19 Victorian Budget for development of a business case for the Western Interstate Freight Terminal, the Freight-Passenger Rail Separation Project, the extension of the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme, investigations into an integrated logistics hub at the Melbourne Markets and Dynon Road, and the review into heavy vehicle driver training and licensing.
Freight Victoria will take the lead in driving and coordinating the delivery of the Victorian Freight Plan, providing a central point of contact and consultation with the private sector.