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Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti

South-West Supply Chain Strategy Sets Course For Freight Infrastructure

Victor P Taffa

  • Draft South West Supply Chain Strategy released for comment today
  • Sets framework to achieve greater freight transport network efficiencies and investment in South-West over next decade
  • Coincides with the release of the final Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight Strategy
  • McGowan Government investing an unprecedented amount in South West infrastructure

Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti has invited industry and the public to have their say on the draft South West Supply Chain (SWSC) Strategy while visiting Bunbury today.

“In the last few months, we have been reminded just how crucial freight supply chains are in ensuring we all have the food and supplies needed for our day-to-day lives.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.

“South-West region plays an integral role in our State’s economy handling large volumes of bulk exports associated with mining, agriculture and forestry.”

SWSC Strategy will identify future road, rail, air and port infrastructure requirements in the South West region for the next 10-15 years, focusing on key freight supply chains in the region servicing alumina/bauxite, lithium, caustic soda, timber, grain, agribusiness, mineral sands, copper concentrate and container freight.

“Comprehensive planning for future transport and supply chain needs is vital if we are to maintain our competitive advantages for new and existing industry in the South-West region.” Bunbury MLA Don Punch said.

“This strategic planning will support the long-term economic growth of our region, encourage investment and ensure there is a steady growth in the jobs available to our community.”

Recommendations and initiatives in the draft SWSC Strategy are the result of research, supply chain mapping and stakeholder consultation and are based on current network constraints and anticipated future freight volumes generated in the South-West region.

Release of the draft South West Supply Chain Strategy also coincides with the finalisation of another important regional freight strategy the Revitalising Agricultural Region Freight (RARF) Strategy which was also released today.

Comments on the draft South West Supply Chain (SWSC) Strategy close on Friday 21 August 2020.

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