Territory-wide Logistics Master Plan 2020 released

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The Northern Territory Government has released the Territory-wide Logistics Master Plan 2020.

The Master Plan provides the Northern Territory Government’s vision for the transport and logistics sector — a safe, reliable and efficient freight and logistics network, which underpins and drives the Northern Territory’s future economic and social development.

The Master Plan has been developed in conjunction with the Economic Development Framework, the Infrastructure Strategy and 10-Year Infrastructure Plan, and identifies 53 key actions relating to four priority areas for the Northern Territory:

  • Targeted Infrastructure Investment;
  • Integrated Logistics and Land Use Planning;
  • Supply Chain Positioning; and
  • Regulation and Safety Improvements.

The purpose of the Master Plan is to facilitate increasing freight and logistics connections and capacity that capture both international and domestic trade for the Northern Territory, while ensuring the Territory is best placed to capitalise on these opportunities.

It ensures the Territory can deliver reliable freight networks through long-term infrastructure planning and investment, and to provide an evidence based policy and regulatory framework.

The Master Plan complements the Australian Government’s National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which was developed in partnership with all Australian jurisdictions. Key to this was the Territory Government’s advocacy for the inclusion of four nationally significant projects in the National Action Plan, including:

  • Development of a Darwin Ship Lift Facility;
  • Katherine Logistics and Agribusiness Hub;
  • NT Airports Expansion Program for the Darwin, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs airports; and
  • Remote Telecommunications Co-investment Program.

These projects are in addition to the various national roads programs underway in the Territory, such as the Roads of Strategic Importance, Northern Australia and Beef and Mango Roads.

Development of the Master Plan included in-depth consultation with targeted industry stakeholders, including representatives from various transport and logistics operators, peak industry bodies and local government councils.

The consultation identified recurring themes including the need for ongoing corridor protection, infrastructure investment, and an evidence base for policy and regulatory framework development.

View the Master Plan.

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