The Western Roads Federation has identified elements that hamper Western Australia’s economic recovery. WRF has focused on impacts from the pandemic that disrupted the efficiency and increased costs of WA’s freight movements, whether by road, rail, sea or air.
"One key barrier to disruption was the skills shortage however, thanks to the McGowan government the road transport and logistics industry has received $6.1m to address the skilled driver shortage," WRF CEO Cam Dumesny says. "However, training up new drivers will take time; therefore, we need to address transport and logistics productivity to ensure we can help drive WA’s economic recovery."
Fcom.au further quoted Dumesny as saying: "We are focused on addressing productivity in WA’s supply chains from a multi-model perspective. It’s not just about trucks, it’s about how productivity can be improved across the state and how freight transport can help WA businesses protect or grow their businesses."
"We can do this by constructively working together with the incoming government and the other transport modes to identify and remove barriers to freight productivity. WA needs supply chains that have a far greater integration of road, rail, sea and air operating as an orchestra – not a cacophony of disparate transport modes."