A Victoria University report has recommended the development of a “logistics city” in Melbourne’s west, establishing an integrated freight environment and boosting the local economy.
Director of the Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Dr Pieter Nagel said a logistics city in the west could change the profile of the region, broadening its focus on freight to become a manufacturing, distribution and professional services environment aligned with residential infrastructure.
“The west is already the freight centre of Melbourne, with the airport and the Port of Melbourne located here. If we develop the logistics city model, activity will be enhanced, providing a solid basis for economic growth and improved social amenity,” Dr Nagel said.
His report recommends the development of a new freight hub in the Wyndham/Melton area, linked to existing services throughout the western region.
“Coupled with the planned development of Footscray as a business centre to support the commercial and services activities of the proposed logistics city, a major freight hub in Wyndham/Melton would ease congestion, stimulate economic activity and enhance the planned growth corridors in this area, already two of the fastest-growing municipalities in Victoria,” he said.
“With the added value of Victoria University and other institutions as providers of much-needed tertiary education to skill up the regional labour force, we are well situated to seize the opportunities this model provides.”
The Wyndham/Melton site for a new freight hub was nominated by the ILSCM because it dovetails with the planned Tarneit rail link, there is abundant land available and the site is close to existing infrastructure including roads.
Launching the ILSCM report this week, Victorian Minister for Roads Tim Pallas said creating new centres of employment outside the CBD was the most effective way of easing congestion.
“Of all the ways to encourage sustainable growth, co-locating industries that are reliant on each other is the best outcome, particularly as a way of reducing the amount of travel needed to do business,” Mr Pallas said. The report “brings fresh perspective to the debate on how we will shape the western half of Melbourne”, the minister said.
Dr Nagel said he looked forward to working with the State Government and the local councils in the west to harness the potential benefits for the region.
Dr Nagel is available for comment: 9919 6251; 0412 505 849.
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