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Yorke and Mid North Regional Freight Forum 2011

In June 2011 Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN) in partnership with the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) hosted a Regional Freight Forum in Wallaroo, building on the earlier forums of 2005 held in Burra and Ardrossan.

A copy of the Forum Summary Report is now available.

The focus of the Freight Forum was to identify key corridors and links within the region and to identify inefficiencies and impediments to productivity in the region’s freight task.  Importantly, the forum also sought to identify strategic improvement strategies to support the regions increasing agricultural production in addition to the minerals processing sector and general freight movement needs.

The forum was attended by representatives from Transport / trucking industry operators, Port Authorities, Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, Farmers, Australian Quarantine & Inspection Service, Members of Parliament, Police, and Local government from throughout the region.  Speakers from key organisations and groups provided forum participants with a range of information. 

Presentations are available for viewing from the following guest speakers:

Outcomes of the forum included a number if priority issues being identified, including the recurring theme emphasising the need for an Integrated Freight Movement Strategy for the region to be developed.

The region’s contribution to the State is significant and we recognise the need to support the growth in industry and the need to strategically plan for its future associated freight task.

Key themes emerging from the day included:

  • Support for the development of an “Integrated Regional Freight Strategy” underpinned by evidenced based solutions to support the region’s growth;
  • Investigating options for improved productivity and efficiency at key regional ports including Port Pirie and Port Giles;
  • Recognition of the burden on small local councils to maintain extensive road networks outside of their budget capacity;
  • Improving “Last mile” access to ports and rail facilities, including through improved road network and the capacity to maximise the safe use of High-Productivity trucks (less trucks required for the task; less impact on roads; less fuel and noise emissions; at less cost; and less safety risk);
  • Recognition of the need to improve public awareness regarding the safety of truck types, (ie using longer trucks means significantly less trucks on the road, decreasing risk and improving safety) through a targeted education campaign.

Actions update:

  • Appointment of an Accredited Assessor to undertake a Route Assessment of the Ardrossan to Pt Wakefield route for road train access – the assessment will be completed early 2012;
  • Commenced Scoping of the Regional Integrated Freight Strategy;
  • Liaising with the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure for improved and more efficient transportation of the region's commodities to key multi-modal transport and holding locations.

If you would like any further information please contact Jo-anne Buchanan, Economic Development Officer on 0429 095 805.