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Proud Victorian!
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Monday, 23 June 2008
Melbourne’s position as Australia’s freight and logistics capital will be strengthened by the consideration of a new Logistics City in the economic heart of Victoria’s western metropolitan region.

Premier John Brumby said Melbourne’s west was already a strong generator of jobs and economic growth and was located at the centre of Victoria’s air, sea, rail and road links.

“Almost 65,000 new jobs have been created in the western metropolitan region since we were elected and the area employs more than 300,000 people,” Mr Brumby said.

“Convenient and reliable access to our freeway and rail networks and the Port of Melbourne means the west is the ideal location for a Logistics City which would target new high tech industries and high value employment opportunities.

“While it’s not possible to put a precise figure on the number of jobs generated by a Logistics City, other international cities employ tens of thousands of people in direct freight and logistics jobs.

“For example, Fort Worth in Texas employs around 24,000 people and a new logistics city in Dubai expects to employ up to 44,000 people.”

Mr Brumby said a future Logistics City would build on the west’s proven record of economic growth, its position as the fastest growing region in metropolitan Melbourne and its attraction for international investment.

“A Logistics City would target hi-tech industries of health, pharmaceuticals and aerospace alongside traditional goods such as produce and automotive parts,” Mr Brumby said.

“The investment in a Logistics City would generate jobs in education and training, financial and information technology services and logistics roles in packing, handling, delivery and customs.

“We have a strong record of traditional manufacturing but as we move forward hi-tech industries are growing as is consumer demand for just-in-time products.”

A plan for a future Logistics City is the basis of an innovative study to be led by the Institute of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Victoria University and overseen by its director Professor Pieter Nagel.

Mr Brumby said the $150,000 study grant would examine areas for improving Victoria’s strong export record and creating jobs for the freight and logistics industry.

“Every week, Melbourne becomes home to another 1200 people. We are growing and creating jobs. The freight and logistics sector is paramount to maintaining and building Melbourne’s position as Australia’s premier freight hub,” Mr Brumby said.

“This feasibility study will help Government plan future industrial zones and manufacturing hubs.

“We continue to take action to grow our economy. That is why we are delivering a $1.4 billion upgrade of the West Gate/CityLink/Monash corridor. We are also investing $501.3 million to improve the Melbourne to Sydney rail line, Australia’s busiest rail freight corridor.”

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas said the study aimed to develop the Logistics City concept and would be well suited to Melbourne’s west.

“The west is one of the fastest growing residential and commercial areas in the metropolitan areas and we are committed to supporting sustainable growth and development in the region,” Mr Pallas said.

“These sites can create thousands of jobs, boost the local economy and reduce the need for local residents to travel long distances for employment.”

Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky said the Brumby Government had targeted the west in the recent State Budget with a $92 million upgrade to the Werribee line which will add an extra track at Laverton to improve train reliability and freight services.

“As a Government we continue to invest in our rail freight network. The creation of a Logistics City supports our goal to transport more freight by rail, reducing the amount of heavy vehicles on our roads and improving local amenity,” Ms Kosky said.

“We reversed the disastrous privatisation of the system by the Kennett Government and our bold decision to buy back the track from Pacific National puts us in a great position to drive reforms in Victoria's freight industry."

The findings of the Logistic City feasibility study is expected to be delivered to Government by the end of the year.

Proud Victorian!
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'Logistics city' the place for freight

THE Brumby Government is developing the concept of a "logistics city", or freight precinct, to cope with Victoria's growing freight volumes.

The Minister for Roads and Ports, Tim Pallas, said "logistics cities" would be developed at key locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The Government has invested $150,000 into a study being conducted by Victoria University to develop the model. The study is led by Pieter Nagel, director of VU's institute for logistics and supply chain management.

"We believe this system has the capacity to lower industry transport costs, improve reliability and transit times, and better manage the handling of empty containers," Mr Pallas said at the annual conference of the Victorian Transport Association in Melbourne yesterday.

Professor Nagel said the "logistics city" idea aimed to create hubs containing services that support the transport and freight sector.

"These can include finance, banks, insurance and new technologies," he said. "These would work towards an efficient and integrated logistics network."

The university's research so far has concentrated on the concept of a logistics city in Melbourne's west.

Typical services at a logistics hub would be manufacturing, containers, warehouses, pallet services, customs, education and training, financial and IT.

Typical businesses would be distributors and importers, road and rail providers, importers and exporters, aerospace and automotive parts suppliers and wholesalers.

■The Government will today unveil a website that will provide real-time travel information around the Port of Melbourne.

The Connect Freight website aims to improve freight movement and reduce congestion. Connect Freight will report on traffic conditions in the port precinct and along the Monash Freeway, CityLink and the Princes Highway freight corridor between Dandenong and the Port of Melbourne.
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