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  • Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade « Queensland Transport and Logistics Council
    industry in particular is very reliant on KSD to afford timely access to project sites Whilst the phasing out of cargo shipping operations in the Hamilton Reach and the advent of alternative routes for freight will go some way to reducing heavy freight movements along the corridor there will remain a significant number of businesses reliant on timely freight deliveries within the Hamilton area As the process or urban renewal takes its inevitable course and commuter numbers continue to grow it must be recognised that freight movements will also grow to satisfy local demand for basic essentials In terms of benefits to freight transport from the proposed upgrade of KSD may I offer the following observations Increased public transport capacity The QTLC whilst being a strong advocate for the freight industry appreciates the benefits that mass public transport options both road and rail can deliver in terms of relieving peak congestion We also appreciate that putting more buses on an already congested route is likely to do little to increase patronage Hence we are supportive of measures which will increase the viability of public transport options which will not impose on the freight existing capacity of KSD This implies a need to upgrade KSD to accommodate bus capacity ATC We in South east Queensland are much the envy of our southern counterparts because we had the foresight to establish the ATC as a hub for industrial activity including for freight and logistics capacity to serve the region This vision is now being reflected in significant private sector investment both in the sea and airports as well as by industries which can capitalise on being in close proximity to these assets KSD will continue to be a significant corridor in terms of freight movement to and from the ATC given the

    Original URL path: http://www.qtlc.com.au/kingsford-smith-drive-upgrade/ (2013-02-03)
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  • Draft Connecting SEQ 2031 « Queensland Transport and Logistics Council
    framework adopted for setting the response to freight issues which permeate the study area Rail There is little doubt either statistically or commercially that rail freight in and out of SEQ is under pressure from road transport and has been for many years One of the largest failings we see in the document as currently drafted is the homage paid to the undisclosed benefits of moving more freight on rail both into and around the region These benefits are neither well articulated nor supported by actions within SEQ 2031 It is commonly understood that passenger services are planned to increase substantially across the Citytrain network with contracts having already been let for more rolling stock and track capacity for commuter services Yet somehow the concept of a rail shuttle service for containerised freight is being proposed without any consideration of how such a service could operate in this commuter led rail planning environment Moreover how could a rail shuttle service compete with a heavily Government subsidised passenger railway operation with the added protection of legislated passenger priority The bulk rail freight traffics into the Port of Brisbane are also in danger of becoming obsolete unless there is a commitment to upgrade the rail link to Toowoomba and beyond to capture this traffic for rail however SEQ 2031 is silent on both these issues Is there a plan to at least keep bulk traffics to the port on rail Is the Government pinning its hopes on the South Burnett Rail going ahead and bulk traffic being diverted to Gladstone Industry needs certainty on these issues to both garner investment or avoid investing in stranded assets If the idea is to facilitate intermodal terminals at Ebenezer and to the north of Brisbane in an as yet undisclosed location as a means of circumventing the impending rail impasse to the POB then SEQ 2031 needs to acknowledge this with an appropriate plan to increase road freight capacity to the port In short the Government must make a call as to how it proposes to manage rail freight in SEQ it must either be facilitated or abandoned in favour of another strategy to fill the void The QTLC s fear is that without an emphatic vision scarce resources will be consumed to support unsustainable outcomes Intermodal The Intermodal terminal strategy whilst robust in its conception and choice of locations is not backed up with a strategy to facilitate the linkages required to make these terminals attractive for private sector investment An intermodal terminal which can t be accessed by high productivity vehicles is doomed to fail especially if the ultimate destination of the freight is in the Brisbane City LGA Road There is no mention of the need for high productivity vehicles to be given a broader range of movement within SEQ even though the Queensland Government has signed up for various reforms initiatives at a National level There seems to be a culture developing whereby Queensland and indeed other states pay lip service

    Original URL path: http://www.qtlc.com.au/draft-connecting-seq-2031/ (2013-02-03)
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  • Draft Rail Safety National Law « Queensland Transport and Logistics Council
    Safety National Law and the Draft Rail Safety National Regulation The QTLC has reviewed these documents and I as chair of the QTLC recently attended the forum concerning the proposed legislation hosted by the NTC in Brisbane The QTLC whilst highly supportive of this very necessary move to harmonise regulation of the industry considers that the legislation meets all of its objectives bar one reducing the compliance burden Whilst the legislation clearly reduces the number of bodies an interstate operator must report to it is clear that every state has had a hand in ensuring their particular nuances on what must be reported on have found their way into the national legislation This has led to 30 items requiring detailed consideration in order to comply with the demands of safety management alone including unspecified human factors The concern being that the compliance burden may deter smaller operators entering the market whom might only seek to operate on single line or on a hook and pull basis for specific seasonal traffics Whilst it is acknowledged that there is some scope within the legislation to accommodate circumstance and moderate the regulatory burden this is highly discretionary The one size fits all approach

    Original URL path: http://www.qtlc.com.au/draft-rail-safety-national-law/ (2013-02-03)
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  • QTLC Response to Cross River Rail EIS « Queensland Transport and Logistics Council
    a broader strategy to ensure that rail freight remains a viable alternative to road transport Whilst the project will undoubtedly free up some surface train paths for freight there is no guarantee those paths will prove viable if the rail network is constrained elsewhere It is well understood that rail freight is only viable over long distances and where freight volumes can be consolidated to achieve some benefit over and above the more ubiquitous but congested road network We maintain the view that encouraging more freight on rail and the access charges which would accrue as a result would help defray the cost of the passenger driven and heavily subsidised CRR investment However this cannot occur in the absence of a broader investment strategy to grow rail freight as a viable alternative to road transport in and out of SEQ In the absence of such an investment strategy we believe the freight train demand for paths as depicted in Table 3 7 and 4 6 may well be overstated if those paths cannot be utilised due to constraints elsewhere on the network such as the Western Corridor including the Toowoomba Range and points beyond the mostly single track NCL particularly on the Citytrain network between Nambour and Beerburrum etc Conversely the figures used to depict demand in the above table for the base case 2009 would appear to represent actual usage of train paths Demand for grain haulage for example are considerably higher than the number of services actually provided with the balance spilling onto road in unprecedented quantities New mining ventures both for coal on the Darling Downs and CSG in the Surat basin will also increase demand for rail services on the Western Corridor with or without construction of the Surat Basin Railway In short the rail freight demand might well be understated for the western corridor both now and in the future We also note that future demand forecasts for rail freight are identical to the capacity afforded by CRR It would be useful to depict the maximum number of paths available in outlying years in order to get some appreciation of the redundancy CRR could afford in the event demand forecasts prove incorrect Another issue which the EIS neglects to mention but which is fundamental to the consumers of rail freight services is the time of day goods can be received at their destination Regrettably not all freight and logistics businesses can afford to run on a 24 7 basis but may be forced to approximate that model due to limitations on train paths and must pass these costs on to consumers We would find it instructive if the EIS could depict the time of day the claimed slots would be available in order to better gauge the usefulness of this newfound capacity as well as gauge public reaction to these slots actually being utilised in a sustainable manner We were particularly concerned to note that the EIS makes no mention of the Southern Rail Freight

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  • About the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council « Queensland Transport and Logistics Council
    approved not for profit organization The company Directors of QTLC Ltd act on the advice of the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council QTLC The QTLC Chairperson is independent and is appointed by the Minister for Transport Invited members are drawn from diverse backgrounds and possess in depth knowledge and expertise of the sector either as a customer or supplier or participant in the State s supply chains Two government representatives are nominated from the Department of Transport and Main Roads who have carriage of policy issues covering all modes The Queensland Government has recognized that a more strategic supply chain focus is required to adequately manage the freight task in Queensland to deliver acceptable outcomes to Government and Industry which complements the national freight agenda Freight already accounts for 18 3 of Queensland s State Domestic Product and projected freight growth points to an urgent need to develop a formal structure which allows government industry and the community to make timely and appropriate investment decisions for the medium and long term The QTLC is funded by the Queensland Government to provide oversight to the development of a Queensland Freight Strategy to facilitate economic growth and competitiveness of the state economy The QTLC and the State based freight councils are also funded by the Commonwealth under the Nation Building Program National Land Transport Amendment Act 2009 This program entails carrying out arranging or assisting planning research investigations studies or analysis of matters related to land transport operations rail road and intermodal QTLC will Advise the Minister and Departmental Officers on the development of a freight strategy The strategy will guide and support managing the growth in the freight task across all modes and in all supply chains and will facilitate planning on strategic issues Specifically QTLC will provide a regular forum

    Original URL path: http://www.qtlc.com.au/about-the-qtlc/ (2013-02-03)
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  • QTLC At Work « Queensland Transport and Logistics Council
    Bodies Gallery Contact QTLC At Work In 2 Green Workshops Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade Draft Connecting SEQ 2031 Draft Rail Safety National Law QTLC Response to Cross River Rail EIS Sign up to Newsletter Email address QTLC At Work QTLC is taking an active role in providing the freight and logistics perspective on various planning infrastructure projects research and discussion papers that have potential freight impacts locally state wide and nationally The QTLC has provided advice on the following projects In 2 Green Workshops Catch a sneak peak of In 2 Green click to view the video Are you interested in Reducing carbon emission Getting the competitive edge Implementing good environmental practices Reaping the Read more Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade Advice Provided to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Kingsford Smith Drive Upgrade Thank you for providing the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council QTLC with the opportunity to review your plans Read more Draft Connecting SEQ 2031 The Queensland Transport and Logistics Council QTLC as the peak industry body for the freight transport and logistics industry in Queensland acknowledges that this document represents a unique opportunity to Read more Draft Rail Safety National Law Submission in response to the Draft Rail

    Original URL path: http://www.qtlc.com.au/category/qtlc-at-work/ (2013-02-03)
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  • In2Green Improving Freight Industry's Bottom Line Through Eco Practices « Queensland Transport and Logistics Council
    Bodies Gallery Contact Latest News IA Releases National Land Freight Strategy LNG Surat Basin Supply Chain Draft NSW Freight and Ports Strategy IceCold Trial Delivers Fuel and Carbon Emission Savings In2Green Improving Freight Industry s Bottom Line Through Eco Practices QTLC Rail Forum Strengthening Queensland s Supply Chains Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Bill Introduced to QLD Parliament NHVR CEO Appointed QTLC Newsletter December Edition Sign up to Newsletter Email address In2Green Improving Freight Industry s Bottom Line Through Eco Practices In2 Green was the product which emerged from Strategix Training Groups successful submission for the Freight Smart Grant Scheme The grants were offered by the QTLC and the Department of Transport and Main Roads to encourage innovative solutions to minimise greenhouse emission for the delivery of more effective freight network The In2Green program is designed to provide industry with ten easy steps to follow to cut emissions and establish more sustainable workplace practices environments and system In2Green product consists of an In2 Green Workbook Instruction DVD Template CD It outlines programs such as eco driving and smart planning applied to vehicles including trucks demonstrating efficiencies gained by implementing these programs Eco drive trials have resulted in the reduction of

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  • QTLC Rail Forum « Queensland Transport and Logistics Council
    Forum Strengthening Queensland s Supply Chains Heavy Vehicle National Law Amendment Bill Introduced to QLD Parliament NHVR CEO Appointed QTLC Newsletter December Edition Sign up to Newsletter Email address QTLC Rail Forum The QTLC is conducting a Rail Forum that will provide an opportunity for government and industry Government to work collaboratively to identify and respond to challenges that impact on the efficient movement of rail freight The forum will

    Original URL path: http://www.qtlc.com.au/qtlc-rail-forum/ (2013-02-03)
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