In late February 2011, Anthony Albanese released the draft National Freight Strategy for public feedback calling it a blueprint for a truly national, integrated and multimodal transport system capable of moving goods from point A to point B quickly, reliably and efficiently. A very welcome initiative.
That this is allegedly the nations first ever National Freight Strategy (especially following the recent first ever National Ports Strategy) is a monumental indictment of the nations strategic national planning endeavours over many decades. It beggars belief that national approaches of this kind have never before been articulated for such strategically crucial policy areas. One can only hope that at last, late is better than never
Whilst very encouraging, the trick will now be to see these various strategies and studies be integrated into one overall comprehensive set of decision making protocols that lead to funding and then prompt, effectively integrated productive action. A rapidly changing world is unlikely to patiently wait or indeed care, while a mere few million of us try to get our act together
In releasing the National Freight Strategy, Mr. Albanese included some noteworthy projections for freight for the period from 2010 to 2030:
Courageous leadership, a nation building policy perspective, political dynamism and competent planning will all be needed to get the balance right as our PM is so fond of saying. Getting the states and territories to take on a national perspective will also be essential.
The engagement initiative will involve Infrastructure Australia working with state and territory authorities, councils and industry bodies before submitting the final Strategy to COAG for endorsement.
The author of this article is Dan Stojanovich. Read more of Dan's articles on http://www.rebuildingthenation.com/au/author/dan-stojanovic
Provide your feedback of the draft national freight strategy. Submissions close end of April www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au.