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The Western Australian Government met with the Freight and Logistics Council to identify measures that could be put in place to alleviate supply chain challenges.

One issue raised was curfews on the times vehicles could deliver to supermarkets.

In 2020, WA Transport and Planning Minister, Rita Saffioti, approved planning changes under the State of Emergency to provide exemptions to vehicle operating hours to allow the supply of essential goods and services to supermarkets 24/7.

It is understood some local governments may not have been operating under these rules.

The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) will reiterate and communicate this policy to local governments, with vehicles able to arrive, load and unload at supermarkets 24/7, which will assist in keeping shelves stocked.

“Ensuring trucks can move and deliver items to shopping centres will assist with the smooth flow of essential products and ensure our supermarkets remain stocked,” Ms Saffioti said.

“I know people are anxious, but there is no need to buy any more goods than you normally would. We will continue to engage with industry and stakeholders on our supply chains.

“In 2020, when the effects of COVID were beginning to be felt, we made changes to planning and development regulations to ensure the continuation of essential public services in a State of Emergency.

“We are examining a range of other measures to ensure we keep trucks and freight running and essential supplies available.”

The State Government will continue to work with industry and key stakeholders, with further meetings planned.

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