Ron Finemore endorses NSW Government’s handling of PBLIS

Ron Finemore AO, Chair of the NSW Freight Advisory Council, has endorsed the NSW Government’s on-going leadership of the Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy (PBLIS).

“The Freight Advisory Council is pleased to see the NSW Government’s continued commitment to improve freight performance and coordination in NSW,” he said. “We look forward to on-going close cooperation between government and industry to implement real and meaningful efficiency measures that get the very best out of our freight network to support economic growth in NSW.”

Ron Finemore’s comments are timely with the announcement this week by NSW Treasurer Mike Baird and Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay that the NSW Government remains fully committed to PBLIS, following the successful $5.07 billion lease of Port Botany and Port Kembla.

“PBLIS, which drives more efficient coordination of road and rail freight in and out of Port Botany, is now set to continue its future successful program of works through Transport for New South Wales,” said Mr Baird.

Introduced by Sydney Ports Corporation, PBLIS has been instrumental in improving freight efficiency in and around the Port Botany precinct, delivering 30 per cent faster truck-turnaround times and cost savings including increased equipment utilisation and reduced demurrage costs. 

After an independent review in 2012 of its first year of operation, the PBLIS NPV increased by over $33 million to $54.7 million. The on-time performance of trucks arriving at Port Botany has also increased from 72 per cent before PBLIS, to 93 per cent in March 2013.

Paul Zalai from Freight and Trade Alliance told CRTnews that the Government’s announcement confirms the position put forward by FTA to continue with PBLIS under government control and it is evident that this approach also has strong support from the Freight Advisory Council.

“During April, John Law (FTA Compliance & Litigation Counsel) and I met with executives from Freight and Regional Development to discuss implications of the NSW ports privatisation and following that meeting we were able to advise that assurances were received that the PBLIS initiative and regulated road interface service standards will continue under NSW government control.

“Furthermore, the government has aspirations for a geographical expansion of PBLIS to focus also on Port Kembla activities and improved rail performance,” Mr Zalai concluded.

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