Sep 28, 2010

Ports Minister takes a stand

At last we have a Minister for Ports who is actually prepared to do the right thing when it comes to moving freight from Port Botany. I commend the new Minister, the Hon Eric Roozendaal for slapping a ban on Patrick’s planned price hike for rail access to Port Botany and his announcement that he would be regulating freight prices.  As the Minister rightly stated the stevedore’s unjustified act not only held everyone in the supply chain to "ransom" but it also went against the spirit of the Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy (PBLIS) framework of moving 40% of freight by rail.  

There is no justification for a new rail charge. It will force more trucks onto our roads.  There is a long way to go to ensuring that the Port Botany Expansion does not completely clog our streets and roads with trucks, but the strong stance shown by the Minister last week is encouraging, and it reassuring that we now a Minister who is committed to meeting the target of moving 40 percent of freight by rail.  

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