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Hunter plays a key role in State’s Freight and Port Growth

Release Date: 28/03/2018
The Hunter Business Chamber, in a submission to the Draft NSW Freights and Ports Plan has called for greater recognition of the Hunter’s role in the State’s Freight and Port Strategy.
“The Hunter has the capacity and capabilities to play a significant role in New South Wales’ freight and population growth. Significant investment has been made by both the private and public sector but the benefits of this are not being realised,” Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said.
The Chamber welcomes the release of the Draft Plan, but maintains the final Plan should include:
  1. Review the NSW Government Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis to ensure it adequately captures the breadth of benefits to and from significant infrastructure investment, particularly those associated with regional locations
  2. Preserve and enhance transport corridors to Port of Newcastle and Newcastle Airport
  3. Progress the freight rail bypass consultation and preservation of the corridor
  4. Develop an additional major regional classification to recognise the significance of particular Regional Economic Centres
  5. Provide a level playing field to facilitate the development of container trade in the Port of Newcastle
  6. Provide a dedicated TfNSW resource for the Port of Newcastle.

“Constraints on existing road and rail networks reduce the efficiency of freight connections between metro and regional NSW and its key markets. The Hunter can play an important role in alleviating congestion and creating greater efficiencies across the system.
“The Hunter is also home to major global gateways in the Port of Newcastle and Newcastle Airport and with the right conditions in place, can respond to predicted freight growth across the State,” Bob said.

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