Road access will be the centrepiece in a series of forums to be rolled out across six regional councils for the South Australia grain transport industry from October this year.
NHVR Industry and Stakeholder Manager John Gilbert said the forums would assist regional councils to streamline route assessments for their freight task, and in particular the upcoming grain harvest next month.
“Increasing awareness and understanding of road access issues through collaboration among councils is a win-win situation for both the freight industry and local economies,” Mr Gilbert said.
“The productivity gains and reduction in truck movements for the local community will be the ultimate result.
Grain Producers South Australia (GPSA) Chief Executive Officer Darren Arney says improved road access is the result of collaboration between all stakeholders, and all partners in the project deserved commendation.
“Our members have raised transport and supply chain costs as one of their top priorities to address, Mr Arney said.
“Streamlining routes will likely see a reduction in these costs which will flow back to grain producers’ profitability while improving safety with less truck movements and contributing to reducing wear and tear on road infrastructure.
“This work follows the excellent progress made on the 90-Day Change @ SA Improving Road Transport for the Agriculture Industry Project between industry and government.
“GPSA acknowledges the support shown for improving freight efficiency by Minister for Transport Stephen Mullighan, Minister for Agriculture Leon Bignell and Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock, along with their departments.”
The forums will be jointly conducted with GPSA and the NHVR, with facilitation by Regional Operations Groups from each council area, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and other industry groups.
For more information please visit www.nhvr.gov.au