Despite the resumption of more normal levels of economic activity following the pace of the resources boom, Western Australia remains vital to the trading performance of the country overall. Minerals, agricultural products and general cargoes all remain in demand on overseas markets providing local jobs to the State.

Growing levels of trade mean ever-greater demands on our road and rail networks, on our ports and shipping services, and on our airports. An increasing population and the growth in urban densification provides challenges in achieving a sustainable balance between community amenity and freight efficiency.

It is more important than ever to have a clear vision on how to cater for future demands on our freight network in a manner that works for both the State’s economy and for its people. The Government has that vision, but it needs the assistance of industry to carry it forward. Related planning within Government is enriched by industry input and ownership of outcomes.

The Freight and Logistics Council of Western Australia is an important forum where freight users and service providers sit side-by-side with Government policy makers. The Council’s task, since its establishment in 2009 has been to provide independent advice on strategic policy issues impacting the delivery of successful freight services in the State.

An efficient freight system is vital to the State and to the Government’s freight and transport agenda and commitment to local jobs. The Council makes a strong contribution towards developing and maintaining Western Australia’s freight network.

I hope that you will find the information available on this website of assistance.

 

Hon Rita Saffioti

Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands