Lindsay Australia reveals FY results

Transport and logistics provider, Lindsay Australia, has reported its full-year result with a net profit after tax of $6.426 million, with a 1.4 per cent growth in its transport division revenue to $234.1 million.
According to Lindsay Australia, the transport division used ‘improved systems and processes to increase divisional profit 10.5 per cent to $25.15 million before tax.
“The severe weather events of 2017 caused freight imbalances as we moved products into regional areas but reduced produce out,” the company said in an ASX report.
“Challenges around freight imbalances and large customer changeovers are exoected to abate in 2018.
“We have now set the stage for future profitability and this is reflected in our first quarter’s results. First quarter’s profi is 60 per cent higher than last year. However, due to the seasonal nature of our business, the first half year is typically busier than the second half.
“However, if this first quarter is an indication of the year to come, and we believe it is, Lindsay is currently on track to improve last year’s result by around 20 per cent. We see 2017 as a year that experienced a number of challenges and internally we are focused on improving from our 2016 result of $8.072 [million].”

Industry council to advise on Victoria’s freight rail network

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan has announced the establishment of a Rail Freight Advisory Council to share information and make recommendations to improve Victoria’s rail freight network.
The council will be chaired by former president of the Victorian Farmers Federation Peter Tuohey and provide advice to V/Line on the requirements of the rail freight industry to deliver a customer focused, safe and efficient rail freight network.
Mr Tuohey’s expertise and knowledge of the freight and farming industries will be vital in identifying the requirements of the entire supply chain and finding solutions to issues, the Minister said.
“With the Murray Basin Rail Project underway to revitalise our freight network, this group will look at the entire supply chain from farm to port and recommend ways to make it easier for farmers to transport their produce.”
The group will start by reviewing V/Line’s proposed heat restrictions for this summer.
Going forward, the group will provide regular communication and consultation across the entire rail freight industry, including farmers, freight train operations and V/Line.
It will provide advice to V/Line on operational requirements, restrictions and rail freight project delivery, including the Murray Basin Rail Project currently underway.
“This group will enable regular communication across the entire rail freight industry, including farmers, freight train operators, port managers and V/Line,” Mr Tuohey said.

Industry speakers announced for CCF Summit

The Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) has announced the key individuals and business leaders set to speak at its 2017 Australian Infrastructure Summit this November.
The event will be held in Canberra on 20-21 November at the QT Hotel, with presenters comprising representatives from some of Australia’s leading corporations and government bodies, including:

  • Nick Cleary, Chairman, CLARA
  • Marc Allen, Programme Commercial Manager, Australian Rail Track Corporations
  • Sal Petroccitto, CEO, NHVR
  • Andrew Brown, Sales Director ANZ, PelicanCorp
  • John Murray AM, Australian Governments Security of Payments Legislation Review
  • Colonel Matt Galton, Director of the North Program, Capital Facilities and Infrastructure

The event also incorporates the launch of the 2017 Australia Infrastructure Outlook Report with Adrian Hart, Senior Economist, Infrastructure and Mining, BIS Shrapnel at the CCF Infrastructure Outlook Breakfast, which includes an address from Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester.
The Summit will play host to one of Australia’s most prestigious civil construction awards night – the CCF National Earth Awards, which recognises excellence in civil construction projects throughout Australia.
For more additional program and speaker information, and to register, go to the Summit website.

Former Linfox exec to run operations at Toll Group

Peter Stokes, former CEO of mining company Barminco, has joined Toll Group as President – Group Operational Services at Toll Group, the Australian Financial Review has reported.
Stokes was Chief Operating Officer at transport and logistics company Linfox from 2006 until 2013, while current Toll CEO Michael Byrne worked there as CEO.
“He will play a key role in delivering the next generation of Toll’s operational capability so we can support our customers and drive significant improvements in safety and productivity,” said Byrne, according to the AFR.
Stokes assumed the role on 1 November.


Road Freight NSW to operate as independent body

Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) will become an independent organisation from 1 January 2018 “to better serve its New South Wales membership base.”
The organisation began as ATA NSW in 2007 and changed its name to Road Freight NSW in 2015.
It is currently a subsidiary of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), and from January will continue to be a member of the organisation.
RFNSW will now work independently to campaign on policies affecting the New South Wales transport sector, primarily heavy-vehicle safety, the regulatory regimes stifling business growth and the unwarranted surcharges, like stevedores’ port taxes, being imposed on carriers.
Road Freight NSW Chairman Jon Luff said that while the organisation is committed to policy development nationally, there is a need for an independent body in New South Wales to allow strong advocacy at a state level.
“We will be the local voice for local truck carriers, providing support and advocacy on behalf of our members, who now include some of the country’s largest transport companies,” he said.
“We have enjoyed our collaboration with the ATA and its board, directors and General Council. It’s an exciting time for Road Freight NSW and our membership. It will prove to be a game changer for the sector.”
ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said the name Road Freight NSW reflects the organisation’s independent and authoritative viewpoint.
“The move underscores the strength of Road Freight NSW and the vital advocacy role it plays across the state,” he said. “It will enable the ATA to better support member-based organisations throughout Australia, and to represent members across all tiers of government.
“We operate in a complex regulatory environment and the issues vary across states. Having a member-owned and -operated organisation to represent local members is a big achievement, and critical so all voices can be heard.
“Strong advocacy is critical to our members, right across Australia.”

Mainfreight expands Australian network

Transport and logistics company Mainfreight is developing its regional network in Australia, opening new branches in Bendigo, Victoria; and Toowoomba, Queensland.
“Our commitment to delivering exceptional customer service across all areas of the supply chain has seen our investment in our network and facilities continue to increase,” the company said in a statement.
“Over the last three years we have completed over a dozen significant building projects in Australia’s capital cities both in our domestic and international businesses.
“Further development is now taking place in other major cities – these investments are designed to optimise productivity and increase service levels for our customers.”
Mainfreight has projected that its new facility under construction in Newcastle, New South Wales, is due to be completed by early 2018. The 5,800m2 facility with 4,200m² of raised dock will reportedly allow loaders to have better line-of-sight when loading goods. The site will also include four rear loading docks and 7,200m² hardstand.
Mainfreight has also commented on its site extension in Albury, New South Wales.
“We originally moved into this depot in 2012 and the last five years have seen our team and operations expand so much that we are now increasing the site by over 50 per cent.
“Completed in August 2017, the extension includes 1,000m² of hardstand and provides excellent access for B-doubles and other large vehicles.”

2018 Mercury Awards to recognise supply chain excellence

After a brief hiatus, the Logistics & Materials Handling Mercury Awards will be relaunched in 2018 for the ninth annual instalment, in partnership with MEGATRANS2018.
The Awards, featuring a new design, will recognise the outstanding achievements and successes of companies across the logistics, supply chain and materials handling sectors.
The Mercury Awards is the official awards program of MEGATRANS2018, a business-to-business trade event focusing on the freight and logistics supply chain. MEGATRANS2018 incorporates all forms of freight transport, logistics and materials handling, infrastructure and storage and warehousing, providing perfect alignment with the Mercury Awards.
Twelve awards will recognise outstanding individuals and organisations across the supply chain:

  • Supply Chain Innovator of the Year
  • Safety Advocate of the Year
  • Best Technology Application
  • Sustainability Initiative Award
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Road
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Rail
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Air
  • Freight Transport Solution of the Year – Sea
  • Outstanding Graduate Program
  • Best Storage Solution
  • Best Infrastructure Innovation
  • Victorian Government ‘Contribution to Industry’ Award

The 2018 Mercury Awards sponsors include the Victorian Government, the Port of Melbourne and SICK. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; for more information please contact Simon Coburn on 03 9690 8766 or
Nominations details will be announced soon.

DPWA announces senior appointments

Container port operator DP World Australia has announced changes in leadership for its Fremantle operations and Continuous Improvement business unit.
Replacing Luke Westlake as Fremantle General Manager Operations will be Stefan Reynolds, effective 11 December 2017.
For the past nine months, Reynolds has led process improvement projects in Melbourne and nationally as Head of Continuous Improvement, Operations.
“With over 10 years’ operational experience in the container transport and logistics field, Stefan brings a high calibre of operational and change leadership experience to Fremantle,” said Max Kruse, Chief Operations Officer – Terminals, DP World Australia. “In his recent position as Manager of Capacity, Planning, Gate and Operations Projects with Ports of Auckland, Stefan worked closely with a large team as well as other departments, to continuously focus and strive for exceptional levels of performance and customer service.”
In Melbourne, Troy Sparkman will join the DPWA team as Head of Continuous Improvement, Operations, effective 30 October 2017.
According to Kruse, Sparkman has 28 years’ experience in the rail transport and logistics industry, and worked in most states and regional areas of Australia during that time.
“Troy has a significant understanding of supply chain and operational management,” Kruse added. “Having held general manager roles with Aurizon, most recently as the General Manager service delivery for the interstate intermodal business, and Regional Integration Manager responsible for operational optimisation and transformation of the Hunter Valley and West Moreton supply chains.”

Scenario planning to shape national freight strategy

Deakin University’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL) is currently running workshops with senior executives from across the supply chain and freight sectors to help inform the development of the National Supply Chain and Freight Logistics Strategy (NSCFLS), which was announced in late 2016 by the Hon Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
At the ‘Scenario Planning Workshops to Inform the National Inquiry into Freight and Supply Chain Priorities’, a select group of logistics experts will be invited to consider the implications of several future scenarios, from debilitating climate change to overcrowding and urban encroachment, then work together to decide upon a series of risk management strategies and priorities that will be presented to the Australian Government in November to help inform its Strategy.
The scenarios have been prepared by CSCL through rigorous industry and the support of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD), the expert panel selected to support the NSCFLS, in-depth interviews of industry experts and a major survey campaign.
CSCL Director, Hermione Parsons, told Logistics & Materials Handling that, while the first workshop took place on Tuesday 17 October in Perth, spaces still remain for Sydney workshop on 1 November. A fully subscribed Melbourne workshop will take place on 27 October.
The CSCL is looking for senior logistics experts with extensive experience to help support the planning effort.
Please note: the workshops have now taken place.

VTA welcomes investment in key freight route upgrades

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has welcomed a series of road infrastructure spending announcements from the Victorian Government that will improve roads on key freight routes in the state’s southwest.
Roads minister Luke Donnellan confirmed reconstruction works would soon begin on Stage Two of the Portland Ring Road and roads in the Green Trial, and a deteriorated section of the Princes Highway at Heywood would be rebuilt.
This followed a recent announcement that roads surrounding the Henty Employment Precinct would be upgraded to accommodate high-productivity freight vehicles.
The Victorian Government’s $17 million investment on the three improvements is expected to create vastly improved productivity outcomes for the transport industry, as well as stimulate the local economy.
“Roads in the state’s southwest have been neglected for too long, so we welcome the Victorian Government’s commitment to make these important upgrades, which will improve productivity for freight operators working in the area,” said Peter Anderson, CEO, VTA.
“The VTA has lobbied for some time now for many infrastructure improvements and it’s encouraging that Minister Donnellan has listened and acted on the concerns of the industry,” he added.
“Regional Victoria makes an important contribution to the state and national economy, and investing in better and more efficient road networks will ultimately pay dividends throughout the economy and the supply chain.”
The Portland area represents an important growth opportunity for the southwest due to its deep-water port servicing the Green Triangle.
“We are fortunate to have a deep-water port half way between Adelaide and Melbourne and the infrastructure improvements announced by the government will certainly make that port more appealing and accessible for transport operators,” said Anderson.

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