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Logistics Cities to inform Government thinking

Victoria University’s Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (ILSCM) is delighted to present its report, A Scoping Framework for Logistics Cities in Victoria, to the State Government.

ILSCM director Professor Pieter Nagel said Melbourne was well placed to benefit from a strategic approach to transport and freight that had the potential to create economic growth and social benefits for all of Victoria.

In receiving the report on Friday, the Minister for Roads, Ports and Major Projects Tim Pallas said: “I look forward seeing the Logistics City concept make a positive and lasting difference to Victoria and its role as Australia’s freight and logistics capital.”

Dr Nagel said: “The report clearly shows that Melbourne can enhance its position as the leading Australian centre for the movement of goods with a co-ordinated approach to the creation of Logistics Cities.

“We have recommended to the Victorian Government that these cities be created in the west, the north and in the south-east of Melbourne, to align with the Government’s strategic direction in its Freight Futures plan.

“Logistics cities can be built in stages so that initially they house freight terminals and associated transport and logistics services. These can be developed into villages with manufacturing, warehousing and distribution hubs and, as these villages expand they can be integrated with existing urban centres to create a logistics city.

“We have a marvellous opportunity to build on existing transport and urban planning strategies in our proposals for the expanded freight needs of the city.

“If freight and logistics infrastructure and services are properly co-ordinated they can bring additional benefits in employment, social amenity and efficiencies in sustainability.

“We look forward to working with the Government to develop these plans over the coming years.”

Dr Nagel is available for comment.

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