NSW Transport Minister, The Hon Melinda Pavey MP has launched the NSW Freight and Ports Plan 2018-2023 at an Australian Logistics Council (ALC) event hosted by Holding Redlich transport partners Geoff Farnsworth and Nathan Cecil at firm’s Sydney office this week.

Holding Redlich transport, shipping & logistics partner (and Australian Logistics Council director) Geoff Farnsworth said the NSW Freight and Ports Plan is a welcome initiative for NSW.

"The plan is a great initiative and is supported by a detailed implementation plan so we can track progress,” Geoff said.

“The plan is a result of a detailed consultation process identifying key freight and logistics needs across the state.

“It underpins more than $5 billion in committed freight infrastructure for NSW and includes an undertaking to harmonise regulation to make NSW a better place to do business. It also focuses on software and connectivity, recognising that data is freight's friend.”

The NSW Freight and Ports Plan includes over 70 initiatives focussing on five key objectives: Economic growth, efficiency, connectivity and access, capacity, safety and sustainability. It also covers key geographic issues from urban congestion to regional issues with agriculture and livestock.

Transport, shipping & logistics partner Nathan Cecil said the NSW Freight and Ports Plan has helped put the spotlight on freight and logistics growth.

"This plan places freight and logistics growth at the heart of the NSW economic growth strategy,” Nathan said.

“Likewise, freight and logistics growth and delivery should also be at the heart of the growth strategy for every business with a supply chain."

Construction and Infrastructure partner Scott Alden welcomed the focus on investment in freight infrastructure, saying: “The Government’s significant commitment to improving freight infrastructure will create great jobs and opportunities for the construction sector, right around the state. The benefits for local government areas should not be underestimated.”

Corporate & commercial partner Andrew Hynd, who has a focus on information technology and procurement, also welcomed the new plan.

“It’s great to see the focus on technology and data as a means to drive efficiency,” Andrew said.

“While blockchain is at times a solution looking for a problem, ports and supply chain management is one area where the benefits are clear.”

The NSW Freight and Ports Plan can be accessed here.