New Westport project director to navigate Perth Outer Harbour plan

Planning for the Outer Harbour freight vision has entered a new phase, with the appointment of Tim Collins as Project Director for the Westport Office.
Collins has more than 20 years’ experience in port-related strategic planning, commercial management and logistics.
He will be responsible for overseeing the development of the long-term strategic plans for the Port of Fremantle’s Outer Harbour and future Inner Harbour, ensuring that the community and stakeholders are engaged and consulted at every stage.
Collins’ background includes leading major state supply-chain operations as Business Development Principal for Arc Infrastructure and as Executive Manager Logistics for the CBH Group.
He will assume the role on 30 January.
“Mr Collins’ wealth of knowledge and experience in port operations will be highly valuable to the Westport Taskforce’s investigations that will guide the state government’s planning and development of the Outer Harbour port facilities,” said Rita Saffioti, Transport Minister, Western Australian Government.
“I am confident he will provide strong leadership in developing Westport’s strategic plans for the necessary infrastructure and road and rail links that will maximise long-term economic benefits and future job opportunities.”

Discussion paper released for Perth Outer Harbour strategy

The Westport Taskforce today released Westport: Preparing for the Strategy – the Western Australian Government’s first discussion paper towards delivering its Outer Harbour vision.
In releasing its first discussion paper, the taskforce is inviting stakeholders to join the conversation on key factors that need to be investigated in the development of the Westport Strategy.
Feedback on the discussion paper will be accepted until 5.00pm on 31 January, 2018 and can be submitted online.
A consultation summary will be made available at the end of February 2018. It will summarise the comments received and outline the updated Westport methodology.
“We are making sure we have the right people and structures in place to deliver a real and committed plan to help secure the freight future of this,” said Rita Saffioti, Transport Minister.
“Many people are interested in the planning and development of the new port, and we are interested in hearing their views.
“The Westport Taskforce will consider a range of aspects in preparing its strategy, including the environmental, economic and social impacts of developing a new port.

Adaptalift acquires Budget Forklifts

Adaptalift Group has acquired Budget Forklifts, the Yale dealer for Western Australia and Queensland that was established in 1968.
Adaptalift Group will continue to operate Budget Forklifts as the Yale dealership in the existing territories.
“Budget Forklifts has over 1,200 assets in its fleet, its customer base includes some of Australia’s best known companies,” Adaptalift said in a statement. “Importantly, Budget Forklifts brings an increased footprint to the states of Western Australia and Queensland where our joint operations will have significant scale.
“Budget Forklift’s business is complementary to our current rental, service and parts operations and we share a common operating platform.
Adaptalift Group is excited to have acquired Budget Forklifts increasing product and service offerings and delivering even greater customer value.”
The sale completion took place on 4 September.

GAC Australia launches logistics service, opens Perth warehouse

GAC Australia has opened a new consolidation warehouse in Perth, marking its first foray into the logistics business, in parallel to its shipping services available at all Australian ports since 2007.
The opening of the new warehouse comes in response to growing demand for storage space and distribution services from a major client with operations in Western Australia. The facility is located in the new Swan Brewery Estate at Canning Vale, about 20km away from Perth International Airport and Fremantle Port, with easy access to transportation links through the major road network.
The 800m² facility features a 5m x 5m warehouse door and an 8.5m truss height, allowing trailing equipment to reverse into the facility for loading and unloading. Arriving goods are consolidated and packed into pallets before being distributed to domestic and international locations.
“Australia has significant quantities of discovered gas resources,” said Scott Henderson, GAC Australia’s Managing Director. “In Western Australia alone, resource projects and infrastructure in the pipeline amount to billions of dollars. It is home to many local and international companies servicing the oil and gas, as well as mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors, presenting plenty of opportunities for project logistics and warehousing services providers.
“Having established a strong foothold in the country’s shipping sector, we are now ready to expand our portfolio to provide logistics services, and Western Australia is an ideal launch pad for our logistics operations. The ability to provide integrated shipping and logistics services will allow us to serve our customers better.”

Taskforce established for Kwinana port development

The taskforce that will complete the planning for Western Australia’s McGowan Government’s long-term Outer Harbour freight vision has now been established.
The multi-agency Westport Taskforce will outline a long-range vision to guide the planning, development and growth of both the Inner Harbour at Fremantle and the future Outer Harbour at Kwinana.
The Westport Taskforce will deliver the Westport: Ports and Environs Strategy, for which a team of experts from government agencies responsible for planning, transport, environment, jobs and finances will develop answers to key policy questions surrounding the location, size, operating model and timing for a future port.
Meanwhile, planning for the associated road and rail links to support the new port facilities will also form part of the overarching strategy.
Nicole Lockwood is to be appointed as the independent chairperson of the Westport Taskforce. She is a former director of KPMG, current board member of Infrastructure Australia and chairperson of the Freight Logistics Council of Western Australia.
Lockwood was also recently appointed to the expert panel to lead the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.
The Taskforce Steering Committee will also comprise director generals of six government departments, with the chairpersons of the Planning Commission and Fremantle Ports.
They will be supported by multi-disciplinary project personnel and supplemented as required by external technical expertise.
The taskforce’s governance arrangements will also incorporate stakeholders including government agencies, port users, local governments, community groups and transport industry unions.
The State Government is committed to retaining the inner harbour as a working port and the taskforce will be expected to ensure that the Outer Harbour is planned in a way that achieves an optimal balance between both facilities.
“This milestone step to establish the Westport Taskforce will lay the foundations for delivering the Outer Harbour,” said Transport, Planning and Lands Minister, Rita Saffioti.
“The Westport Taskforce will focus on providing the necessary infrastructure to support the long-term economic development of the state, maximising future jobs, minimising costs and truck movements, and maximising opportunities for innovation.
“Our pre-election commitment was to give renewed priority to planning for the Outer Harbour and the associated road and rail links as part of a long-term integrated transport plan for the state.
“We’ve allocated an initial $6 million in last week’s Budget so that significant further planning work can start, building on existing technical planning.
“The Outer Harbour has been supported by successive State governments and it is vital we get on with this after the previous government put planning on hold to push for its flawed Perth Freight Link project.”

CouriersPlease opens two new depots

Parcel delivery service CouriersPlease has opened two new relocated logistics facilities in major Australian cities, investment in its infrastructure ahead of a forecast growth in parcel deliveries in tandem with the growth in e-commerce.
The two new Perth and Melbourne locations will be key logistics facilities as the company expands its reach in Australia and overseas, as CouriersPlease explained in a media statement.
Located in the new $440 million logistics hub Drystone Industrial Estate, CouriersPlease’s relocated state-of-the-art logistics facility in Truganina, Victoria, replaces the company’s Port Melbourne, Victoria, depot. Along with CouriersPlease’s existing Mulgrave facility, it will provide the business with east-to-west coverage of Melbourne. The site is 29,000m2 in total, with 12,500m2 under the roof, and will accommodate over 160 courier vehicles. Additional bay spaces have also been allocated to accommodate future growth.
Drystone Industrial Estate is home to other distribution centres for major Australian companies, including Kmart, The Reject Shop and Rand.
The second recently opened logistics facility is located in Welshpool, an inner south-eastern suburb of Perth. The new 4,043m2 site will be the delivery hub for Perth and Western Australia. It comprises a 3,443m2 warehouse, with a 600m2 office space, and room to expand a further 2,000m2 in the future.
The logistics facility will provide improves access to the CBD and the north and south of the city and is close to main arterial routes such as Orrong Road, Welshpool Road, Leach Highway and Tonkin Highway.
In September last year, CouriersPlease opened a relocated Brisbane depot in Salisbury, and a new Adelaide depot is set to open in Marleston later this year.
“CouriersPlease has relocated our logistics facilities in major capital cities in order to accommodate the significant growth in the volume of parcels moving throughout our network,” Mark McGinley, CEO, CouriersPlease. “Our commitment in moving to the west of Melbourne has stemmed from it being a massive growth corridor with some of the highest rates of online shopping in the country. Our new Welshpool depot gives us greater coverage of the city and a larger warehouse space for logistics operations, allowing us to bring a better service to our customers. With room for future expansion, we hope to bring more jobs and opportunities to the local community.”

Kennards Hire expands branch network in WA and NT

Family-owned equipment hire group, Kennards Hire, is expanding its branch network in the northwest of Australia, with three new branches in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Having recently acquired CAPS Hire, the Kennards Hire network has expanded to include Broome and Kununurra in Western Australia. In the Northern Territory, the acquisition has enabled the business to consolidate branch operations, closing its current branch in Winnellie and moving into the newly acquired site.
The newly branded Kennards Hire branches have been fitted out with specialist equipment designed to suit the unique industries in the regional areas – specifically the mining and agriculture industries – as well as its traditional DIY customers.
“It’s a great opportunity for Kennards Hire to be joining these communities since we’re able to benefit locals while filling the gap in the market for these areas,” said Tony Symons, General Manager, Kennards Hire Western Australia and Northern Territory.
“The real story is that in all of our new locations, we are tweaking our capability and service offering to meet the unique market needs. For instance, Broome has a far less focus on mining than Kununurra, so we will bring many of our traditional equipment products to town.”
In addition to the CAPS Hire acquisition, a new Kennards Hire branch in Port Hedland will open in September.
The CAPS Hire branches changed ownership at the end of July and will be rebranded as Kennards Hire in early August.

Brookfield Rail renamed Arc Infrastructure

Western Australian rail infrastructure owner and access provider Brookfield Rail has been renamed Arc Infrastructure.
“It’s an exciting time for our business,” said CEO Paul Larsen. “While we remain a Brookfield company, we’re looking forward to creating our own unique identity as Arc Infrastructure.”
Larsen said that as the long-term manager of the state’s 5,500km freight rail network, Arc Infrastructure has a proven track record of connecting WA with national and global markets.
“As Arc Infrastructure, our new name reflects our commitment to making an even greater contribution to the growth of Western Australia’s economy,” he said. “We have been extremely open with our people throughout the entire process. We asked them what was important to them and this feedback formed the foundations of our new identity.
“We see this as a great opportunity to create our own identity while still having the support of our parent company Brookfield. We look forward to continuing to deliver positive outcomes and contribute to the state as Arc Infrastructure.”
The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) noted that it was looking forward to working with Arc Infrastructure.
“WA’s economy is heavily export driven, and the importance of an efficient and safe freight network will only increase in the years ahead, as Australia’s free trade agreements with key international markets boost the state’s export trade,” said Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, ALC.
“[The] ALC looks forward to working closely with Arc Infrastructure on building the state’s freight capacity, which is a crucial aspect of diversifying Western Australia’s economy and capitalising on the benefits of recent free trade agreements.”
“We also look forward to Arc Infrastructure’s continuing engagement on the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. Close cooperation with the major freight logistics operators in every state and territory is essential to producing a Strategy that meets industry needs and delivers real economic benefits.”

Logwin Australia opens new logistics facility in Perth

Logistics services provider Logwin Air & Ocean Australia has moved to a new logistics facility in Kewdale, Perth.
The 1,200sqm facility is fully bonded and provides storage for pallets in high-bay racking and bulk goods areas. Like other Logwin warehouses, the facility is controlled by the company’s own warehouse management system (WMS). The operation is fully paperless by deploying handheld devices exchanging data with the WMS in real time.
“The opening of the Perth distribution centre provides a milestone in enhancing the national network of strategically located logistics facilities,” the company said in a statement.
“It will allow Logwin to provide supply-chain solutions to the Australian and global customer base fully within the companies own network of office and warehouse facilities, thereby improving speed and accuracy of the company’s service delivery.”
The location for the facility was chosen due to its proximity to Perth Airport and Perth CBD as well as the fast access it provides to Western Australia’s regional and far northern hubs.

Busselton–Margaret River, WA airport expansion works begin

Western Australia’s Southwest is a step closer to getting direct flights to and from Melbourne and Sydney after the first sod was turned at a ceremony, marking the start of the expansion of Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the project would deliver positive outcomes for the whole region and was a further example of how Royalties for Regions was benefiting regional communities and the state as a whole.
“The project is another example of the Liberal National Government’s strong record in investing in strategic projects to drive regional economic growth,” he said.
The airport upgrades are to support increases in the movement of people and airfreight in the region, and foster long-term opportunities for development into the future.
“It will also have a positive impact on long-term regional development by lowering the cost of doing business in the region, attracting regional investment and creating local employment opportunities in logistics, agriculture, aquaculture and other supporting industries,” Redman added.
The State Government has committed $56.5 million to the project and the Commonwealth Government’s contribution of $9.78 million will allow for the potential for direct international airfreight flights. The City of Busselton has spent $3.5 million on the redevelopment.

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