Stakeholders invited to freight study launch


Stakeholders invited to freight study launch Anyone with an interest in the future of freight in the Orana region is invited to attend an upcoming lunch being hosted by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana on September 25. In 2016, the organisation commissioned two studies into freight handling in the region. 

Conducted by Urbis, the Orana International Air Freight Feasibility Study showed that Dubbo City Regional Airport would be the ideal location for an international air freight facility. 

Investment in infrastructure to include a dedicated cargo terminal, IT and customs facilities, and quarantine area would allow Dubbo to become a gateway to air freight into Asia, with Hong Kong outlined as the most viable option. It would also be realistic for an airline operator to run a passenger service rather than a dedicated freight line into the region. Current major export destinations for Australian air freight include New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Japan, USA and ASEAN markets.

RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said that the region has minimal value-added freight at the present time.
“Items are packaged for processing rather than consumption. However, there is an opportunity for more value-adding to occur in the region, which would in turn add value capture and more employment.”

The master plan for Dubbo airport indicates the potential for the airport to accept new, and in some cases, larger types of aircraft, over the next 20 years.

The second study, also undertaken by Urbis, was the Orana Freight and Logistics Capability Study. It showed that the NSW Freight task was expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050.* 

Mrs Dixon said the research revealed that existing freight and logistics networks in the Orana region do not yet constrain regional productive capacity nor impede access to markets. 

“However, added intensity has the ability to add issues such as deterioration of road conditions, traffic congestion and accessibility, also putting pressure on local councils to fund increased future maintenance costs.”

As such, there will need to be an integrated approach to industry and network planning and investment to ensure future productivity, access to markets and haulage opportunities.

The freight studies will be launched simultaneously with Member for Dubbo Troy Grant from 12pm on Monday, September 25, at Dubbo RSL Club.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for interested stakeholders to get involved in the future development of freight and logistics in the Orana region,” Mrs Dixon said.

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