VFLC flies flag for Truck Action Plan

VFLC calls on Victorian Government to invest in the Truck Action Plan proposed by former Premier John Brumby

November 2, 2011

The Victorian Freight and Logistics Council (VFLC) is calling on the Victorian Government to forge ahead with the multi-billion dollar transport plan proposed by former Premier John Brumby.

Speaking at last week’s Moving Maribyrnong: Transport in the West forum, VFLC CEO Rose Elphick told attendees she has written to the government urging it to support a number of key projects in the plan, including the Truck Action Plan.

Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan, who also attended the forum, says VLFC’s call is a significant move from a peak body which "shows the importance of real issues for the freight industry".

He believes VFLC’s public support is both "timely and important".

"This support highlights that the Truck Action Plan is not just about improving community amenity, it’s also about moving freight more efficiently around our city," Noonan says.

"The previous state Labour government had a firm and well-supported solution to removing truck traffic from residential streets and even allocated $40 million to commence the first of three stages of the truck bypass route.

"The Baillieu Government may not care about local residents in Melbourne’s west but will they turn their back on the freight industry?

"Almost a year in government and Ted Baillieu appears no closer to determining the future of this critical project," he says.

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