The Rail Freight Alliance is made up of 25 rural and regional Local Government Councils from Central and Western Victoria and Southern NSW. The Alliance was first formed in 1997 due to growing frustration with the lack of rail connectivity both within Victoria and with the neighbouring States and the lack of investment in Victoria’s antiquated 19th century rail freight system.
The Alliance welcomes the investment in excess of 1 Billion Dollars from State and Federal Governments over the last decade. There is still more to be done to create a Freight System that will ensure efficient movement of freight in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. The freight task in Australia is set to double by 2020, put simply:
- We cannot continue to expect to get product to destination unless a strong commitment is made to rail.
- No amount of investment in the metropolitan road network will free freight congestion.
- The future freight task cannot be achieved by road transport.
- The future economic prosperity is dependent on a strong commitment to Rail.
The Alliance’s Mission is: To advocate for rail standardisation of all key rail lines in Victoria including those to Southern NSW and the South East of South Australia. Upgrading of all key rail lines and infrastructure in Victoria to world class transport standards.
- A competitive, independent and non-discriminatory Open Access rail freight system in Victoria;
- A seamless freight logistics that will facilitate the movement of bulk freight by rail, rather than by road.
The benefits for Local Government from the achievement of the above objectives will be: The facilitation of regional economic development through having an efficient, competitive and connective rail freight system. Significant social, environmental and economic community benefits derived from having fewer bulk haulage trucks on our roads.