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Peak Road Freight Industry Body Supports Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment in Qld

06 Nov 2017 12:06 PM | Administration (Administrator)

QTA Media Release

QTA Ltd, the peak industry body for road freight in Queensland are extremely pleased to be announced as a Stakeholder in the Bruce Highway Trust as a part of ‘Future Proofing the Bruce Policy’ announced this morning.  Queensland Premier Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk announced, if re-elected, will establish the Bruce Highway Trust to identify priority infrastructure projects through a 15 year forward plan, investing $1 billion in projects.

QTA CEO Gary Mahon said, “We fully support a bipartisan approach to infrastructure investment and this aligns with our priority to advance Queensland into the future by encouraging infrastructure investment that is necessary to give us a comparative advantage in connecting freight routes and moving freight more efficiently and safely.” 

Gary also pointed out that “As an industry, the Transport and Logistics sector is a key contributor to GDP in Australia.  The industry accounts for close to 9% of GDP, which is a statistic that we believe warrants this significant investment to ensure the safe and efficient carriage of goods which is fundamental to us all and the energy of our economy.”

Progressive planning to fund these important freight corridors which are a significant economic contributor to communities up and down the coast, will increase productivity on our key road freight corridors to keep pace with contemporary efficiency demands which imperative for our economy.  

Gary Mahon also said, “On behalf of the QTA Board of Director’s I congratulate, former QTA CEO Peter Garske on the announcement that he will Chair the Bruce Highway Trust.   Peter is the current Vice Chair of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and his years of experience and expertise in the road freight sector in Queensland will significantly contribute the role as Chair of the Bruce Highway Trust.”

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