The findings of the New South Wales Greater Cities Commission review of the industrial lands policy have been released and welcomed by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).
In a submission to the review in 2021, ALC called for the retain and manage policy to be preserved in order to protect industrial lands in Greater Sydney to ensure adequate room to move as the freight task grows.
From June 2021 to June 2022, the Greater Cities Commission conducted a multi-agency review of the Industrial and Urban Services Lands Retain and Manage policy under the Greater Sydney Region Plan – A Metropolis of Three Cities.
The review included stakeholder engagement, in-depth interviews with businesses, a peer review by international experts and technical analysis including a multi-criteria analysis, strategic transport modelling and a cost-benefit analysis.
Finally on 30 June 2022, the findings of the review were released.
ALC CEO, Brad Williams, said the key outcomes of the review, which noted the need to protect industrial land, meant the policy would continue to apply and maintain protections of critical industrial land that is key to the future of the supply chain.
“ALC welcomes the findings of the review and urges all levels of government to work together to ensure they are implemented going forward,” Mr Williams said.
“We are confident the findings of the review, to maintain and strengthen the ‘retain and manage’ policy will deliver the right outcomes for industry, the economy and the greater Sydney community.
“ALC supports appropriate land use planning protections to preserve key freight and industrial lands and the Commission’s draft guiding principles to support and strengthen the policy are encouraging.
“In our submission to the review, ALC noted that encroachment of residential and other sensitive uses on industrial lands has given rise to restrictions on freight and logistics operators.
“These include curfews, truck limits, restricted roads, increased road congestion and increasing the tyranny of distance – all of which only serve to put greater cost pressures on the industry and subsequently, consumers.”
For more information and to download the findings paper, visit the Greater Cities Commission website.