Freight efficiency at the forefront in Forbes

Breaking down barriers for the local freight task will be the focus for the next Local Government Heavy Vehicle Access Forum on March 7 at the Forbes Town Hall.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the Forbes Forum would allow local operators, the Regulator and local governments to directly tackle heavy vehicle and freight challenges they experience every day and to identify innovative solutions.

“We want both operators and local governments to have an in depth understanding of the heavy vehicle regulatory environment in which they operate,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“The NHVR aims to safely maximise road access in order for operators to efficiently carry out the freight task while minimising infrastructure impact for the wider community.

“One of the key events of the day will be an Industry Hour where we will hear directly from the operators and their customers. The day will conclude with a workshop session for each council to set priority action items to take away and put into effect.

“With the highest proportion of freight tonnes per kilometre originating in New South Wales, and with Australia’s domestic freight task expected to double by 2030 and then triple by 2050, it is vital we have the right mechanisms in place.”

The Forum will run from midday and is being hosted by Forbes Shire Council in partnership with the NHVR and Local Government NSW. It is also a demonstration of the strong relationship between the NHVR, NSW Roads and Maritime and Transport for NSW which will all present as part of the Forum.

With over 15 local governments in attendance the Forum is set to be a winner. Some of the councils attending include Forbes, Walgett, Hay, Walcha, Parkes, Bega, Dubbo, Lachlan, Cabonne, Coolamon, Orange, Cowra, Temora and Moree Shire Plains.

Forbes Shire Council Mayor Cr Graeme Miller said the event was an excellent opportunity for neighbouring councils to see firsthand what has been accomplished in other New South Wales’ councils like Walcha Council and Moree Plains Shire Council.

“The ability to learn and prosper off one another is vital for a successful freight economy across the state and the country. We look forward to vibrant discussions and tackling real issues,” Mr Miller said.

President of Local Government NSW Cr Keith Rhoades said it was great to work in partnership with the NHVR and councils on delivering real improvements to local economies.

The NHVR continues to work across the country with industry to develop innovative technological solutions to enhance safety and improve productivity outcomes in our growing freight task.

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