An essential service provider, transport and logistics underpins and enables economic growth, Tasmanian businesses, communities, and the standard of living for all Tasmanians. Transport and logistics is the backbone of the Tasmanian economy, facilitating growth in key sectors of construction, agriculture, aquaculture, mining, forestry, and exports.
As an island state, an efficient freight network within Tasmania, both road and rail, and connections with intra and interstate ports and freight hubs is critical to the continued economic prosperity of Tasmanian businesses and the standards of living for all Tasmanians.
The industry demonstrated accountability and resilience throughout the COVID-19 restrictions of 2020, ensuring Tasmanians had access to essential supplies at supermarkets and servicing the increase in consumer expectations through online shopping.
Transport and Logistics faces key challenges to safety, productivity, and sustainability.
Most freight within Tasmania is carried by road – by heavy vehicles – but rail is vitally important to ensure a resilient linehaul network.
As the freight task increases to enable the post-COVID recovery and ongoing growth of the Tasmanian economy, including in emerging sectors of renewable energy and hydrogen, it is critical Tasmania has the people and infrastructure to underpin safe and efficient transport activities.
99% of cargo moves in and out of Tasmania by sea. Efficient connections at ports and infrastructure for feeder routes are critical to minimise congestion and allow for increased throughput. We need to protect key freight corridors and hubs, with pressure for residential development adjacent to freight routes and hubs presenting challenges.
A severe shortage of skilled and professional drivers, mechanics, and operational staff is already impacting Tasmanian industries. Driver mental and physical health and wellbeing are key challenges for industry.
With a 65% projected increase in freight volumes from 2012 to 2035, it is vital that we act now to underpin Tasmania’s future.