Input to road transport in SA sought

Friday 28 Sep 2018

 
South Australia’s forestry industry is invited to get involved in a new survey aimed at unlocking productivity and efficiency benefits by identifying road transport improvements. The Improving Road Transport for Forestry Project aims to uncover the obstacles to road freight productivity along the forestry supply chain, including the movement of machinery, in all production areas of the state.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said he wanted to hear from industry to understand what could be done to help improve productivity. “The forestry industry is an important sector for South Australia, with the sale of goods and services worth AU$2.3 billion each year for the state,” said Minster Whetstone.

“We are calling on the forest industry to take part in the survey. We want to know what the challenges are and what the sector believes are the possible areas for improvements, such as permit changes or junction upgrades. This project is about generating new ideas and possible solutions to promote the forestry industry’s growth, productivity and competitiveness”.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government Stephan Knoll said the project seeks to make road transport safer. “The project is about making road transport simpler, safer and identify productivity gains within the forestry industry,” said Minister Knoll.

“Strategic road upgrades will improve conditions for heavy vehicles and allow them to navigate via more efficient routes across the state.” The project is a partnership between PIRSA, Primary Producers SA, and the Department of Transport, Planning and Infrastructure. You can access the survey, which is open until 2 November 2018, at www.pir.sa.gov.au/forestrytransport.

Photo: Primary Producers SA chair, Rob Kerin, SA Minister for Primary Industries, Tim Whetstone, Minister for Transport, Stephan Knoll, and AFPA Branch Manager, Leon Rademeyer.

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