SAFC voices concerns over freight-only airport for SA

The South Australian Freight Council has shared serious concerns it has about the GlobeLink plan to build a freight-only airport at Murray Bridge/Monarto and a road/rail bypass to the north of Adelaide.
The Council also expressed disappointed that the freight industry was not consulted on the plan prior to Opposition Leader Steven Marshall making the announcement on Sunday.
“Airports are not sustainable purely on freight. The majority of air exports go in the belly of passenger aircraft – it is the combination of the two that makes such services viable,” SAFC Executive Officer Evan Knapp said following the announcement.
“The rail bypass touted by the Opposition has been studied numerous times and proved non-viable,” he added. “It could actually hurt our state by ensuring that Melbourne-Perth services bypass Adelaide completely and do not stop to pick up our freight.”
“We support further investigation of the road route, but we have doubts as to its viability as a toll route due to volumes, and heavy freight access will still be required on the South Eastern Freeway and Portrush Road to service the south and eastern suburbs,” he said.
Knapp said the Council recommended the “billions of dollars” that would need to be invested on GlobeLink would be far better spent on completing the North-South Corridor along South Road by 2025, committing to tackling SA’s significant road maintenance backlog, and/or addressing the condition of SA’s regional rail lines on the Eyre Peninsula and Murray Mallee.
“We are disappointed the freight industry was not consulted on this plan prior to its public announcement,” Knapp said. “We have serious concerns about GlobeLink and we would have flagged them if they had consulted us and other freight industry bodies.
“That said, we stand ready to assist in the community consultation promised by the Liberals.”

South Australian Freight Council appoints new Independent Chairman

The South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) has announced the appointment of former Adelaide Airport Ltd Managing Director Phil Baker as its first Independent Chairman.
Baker drove several multi-million projects at the airport, including the runway extension and development of the new air terminal.
Baker is also Chairman of the Adelaide Convention Bureau, Director of Flinders Ports Holdings which operates the Port of Adelaide and six regional SA ports, Director of Renewal SA and Director of Port Hedland International Airport Group of Companies.
“I am looking forward to working with the freight and logistics community in South Australia to ensure our industry can compete with the best – both in Australia and around the world,” Baker said. “Every productivity improvement we make in the transport industry results in more competitive South Australian exports, and better prices on local supermarket shelves.”
In accepting the role, Baker said he intended to drive change ‘from within’, in particular to reform internal operations and to see SAFC become more responsive to its member and stakeholders needs.
SAFC thanked outgoing Chairman Peter Taylor for his leadership during a transitional period within the Council, and said it was delighted he will remain on the SAFC Executive Committee as Rail Representative.

Get LINC-ed to the $60 billion T&L industry

Following its success in South Australia, a web-based initiative to attract people to the freight and logistics industry has been launched in Queensland.

The South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) has announced that the Queensland version of its popular Logistics Information and Navigation Centre (LINC) went live this week at www.the-linc.com.au.

The announcement coincided with the relaunch of the revamped South Australian portal, with similar versions currently being developed for Tasmania and Western Australia.

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