Greater intermodal access in Sydney

Freight operators will soon have greater access to the Chullora Intermodal with the Federal and NSW governments agreeing to fund the first stage of upgrades which will see local roads connecting to the facility to the Hume Highway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said $345,000 project will target Muir Road between Rockwood Road and Dasea Street as well as Dasea Street to the entrance of the Terminal.

“The package of works will involve resurfacing section of these two roads as well as strengthening their foundations at various points, measures which will allow them to be used by heavier vehicles,” Albanese said.

“The relatively small investment being made here will deliver major long term benefits.  In fact Infrastructures Australia has estimated that the current restrictions on the use of these roads has cost the economy and freight operators some $22 million over the past five years.

“What's more, fixing these local roads connecting major highways to important freight hubs such as the one at Chullora is in line with the recommendations set out in our National Freight Strategy and will help boost national productivity.”

The Federal Government has committed $172,500 to the project, with the NSW Government providing the balance.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said the project demonstrates intergovernmental cooperation to address the ‘last mile’ access issue.

“In addition to the Federal Government, this project also involves a partnership with Bankstown Council and I look forward to working with them to get it done,” Gay said.

“We expect work to begin in coming months and be completed before the end of the year.”


Refocusing Supply Chain Education

Supply Chain School, a division of the Logistics Bureau Group will kick off in Sydney this month with a group of 30 students signing up for the two-day intensive course.

The school, based in Parramatta, is being offered as part of the  Logistics Association of Australia’s ‘suite’ of training related services.

Group managing director of Logistics Bureau Group Rob O’Byrne said the school was aimed at people looking for a more practical way to learn about the supply chain management industry.

“I think there was a very clear need whereby people that are in the very early part of their supply chain career could actually connect with those who are headed towards the end of their career so that there can be a knowledge transfer that takes place, “ he told Logistics and Materials Handling.

“It’s really come about from working with so many people businesses in a consulting role over the years and what I find is that while many may have formal education in supply chain and logistics they lack a lot of practical experience.”

The school itself consists of three two-day schools a year and is supplemented by weekly e-classes as well as videos and webinars that continue for 12 months.

O’Byrne said the focus was on ensuring the education process was thorough but not too time-intensive.

“It’s not meant to be time-intensive, the whole program is really focused on how we can get the maximum effective information across in the minimum amount of time,” he explained.

O’Byrne said the school would focus on subjects that could make a difference to how businesses manage their supply chains, with an 80/20 approach to knowledge building.

Different from other training courses, the school will not try to cover everything from A-Z in supply chain management, but rather focus on the critical elements that can make a different to an individuals career and business.

“We’re focusing on the more advanced subjects that can really make a difference to businesses and people’s performance,” he explained.

“In our first school next week we are looking at how to refocus a supply chain strategy so that it delivers results, we are looking at procurement and we are looking at outsourcing.”

“It’s one thing to understand the theory, but then it’s ‘how do I actually apply that theory’? How do I get traction in my business to make improvements?”

With a relaxed learning environment that encourages the sharing of ideas and knowledge, O’Byrne said the school was attracting students who are ‘bright, well-educated….ambitious and at the early start of their careers.”

“It’s about industry leaders and practitioners sharing their knowledge and secrets. Not just me and some of my Logistics Bureau specialists, but well known industry leaders who are making big changes in their businesses right now. External speakers are not invited because of who they are or the title they have, but because of their valuable knowledge and their passion to share that knowledge with the future leaders of our industry.”

While O’Byrne did concede that there had been a lot of popularity for the course among those working directly in the industry, he said many people would benefit from the teachings provided.

“We might get people from sales and marketing, finance, property  management or IT,” he told LMH.

“The ideal target is probably someone in the early part of their career, someone who doesn’t have a great deal of supply chain experience, or indeed maybe people who aren’t working directly in a supply chain role.”

The programme is provided as part of the services offered by the LAA to their members who will be offered a discount to the school.

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Gillard promises new freight route for Sydney

Julia Gillard has promised $1 billion worth of funding to start building the western Sydney motorway network, claiming the project is now a national priority.

Under the plans, the existing M4 motorway is to remain toll-free, a freight link to Port Botany will be included, and a tunnel will connect the west to the CBD, The Australian reported.

"This is a big project, obviously the federal government would be prepared to make a contribution. That contribution would have billion associated with it, not million associated with it," Gillard said.

"The estimates are that, of the new jobs created in the coming years, one out of every three of them will be created along the corridors this WestConnex services.

Gillard said the project was now of national significance in getting freight from western Sydney to Port Botany.

The total cost of the project is expected to come in at around $13 billion.

The WestConnex has become a political battleground, as both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott campaign in Western Sydney this week.


Tiger, Delta arrive in Sydney

Sydney Airport will see the launch of services by two new carriers – Delta Airlines and Tiger Airways – this Friday.
Delta is the world’s largest airline and will commence a service from Sydney to Los Angeles. Tiger will commence flying on the Sydney-Melbourne route. As well as being Australia’s busiest route, this city pairing is one of the busiest routes in the world with more than seven million passengers flying between the cities last year.
The CEO of Sydney Airport, Russell Balding, said the launch of two new carriers on the one day was great news for Sydney and a vote of confidence in the future development of Sydney Airport.
“Delta’s entrance into the Australian market is a real win for Sydney. It will boost tourism to Sydney and provides travellers with more choice when travelling between North America and Australia.
“Tiger will be expanding its network by adding the Sydney-Melbourne route and this is another win for Sydney.
 “Sydney Airport is a major contributor to Sydney’s economy and the arrival of two new carriers is very good news for all those people employed in Sydney’s tourism, hospitality, and related industries” Mr Balding said.
Sydney Airport is a major employment generator, directly generating more than 75,000 full- and part-time jobs, plus indirect employment of around 131,000 jobs.
Victorian roads and ports minister Tim Pallas joined with Tiger Airways to launch the new route and said the service would start with four flights daily and support the future growth of the airline in Melbourne.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to secure jobs and investment for the state and build for the future of Victoria,” Mr Pallas said.
“These new flights will add over 250,000 inbound seats to Melbourne so Victorian tourism and our local economy will be the big winners.
“Tiger’s low-cost model opens up flying to people who would otherwise rarely or never travel and with this being the world’s third-busiest route there is enormous scope for further growth.
Established in 2007, Tiger Airways Australia is a subsidiary of the Singapore-based low-cost carrier and is headquartered in Melbourne.
Tiger commenced operations from Melbourne Airport in November 2007 and currently has four Airbus A320 aircraft serving 11 destinations from Melbourne. Lower air traffic levels at Sydney Airport have enabled Tiger to commence the new Melbourne-Sydney route.
The aviation and aerospace industry is estimated to be worth $600 million to the Victorian economy, employing more than 20,000 people in over 400 businesses.

Cargo plane crashes in Sydney

A twin-engine cargo plane operated by Airtex Aviation has crashed into the sea to the south of Sydney Airport last night.

The Metroliner aircraft, which in passenger configuration carries 19 people, was on a regular mail run from Sydney to Brisbane. Departing from Sydney Airport at 11.30 pm, it made a series of turns contrary to air traffic control directions. When queried by air traffic controllers, the pilot reportedly said that he was "experiencing minor control problems". The plane disappeared from radar shortly afterwards.

An itensive search involving police, rescue and navy personnel located the wreckage of the aircraft off Jibbon Beach in the Royal National Park earlier today.The male pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, is still missing presumed dead.

Australia Post has confirmed the aircraft was carrying Express Post mail sent from the ACT and NSW to addresses in Queensland.

Photo: a Metroliner similar to the crashed aircraft.

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