Paddock to plate - a forward thinking study of transport infrastructure and freight efficiency
This study has been a very large and diverse undertaking. It has included extensive consultation, research and analysis to produce a sound basis upon which business cases can be prepared for improvement of individual road infrastructure for more efficient freight movement.
More than 75 stakeholders were consulted as part of the investigations, including representatives at all levels of government, key industry representative groups and key contributing regional companies. This key input provided a detailed understanding of the volume, value and transport routes of commodities moving into, out of and through the region.
In addition, technical investigations were undertaken to assess the relative merits of using larger vehicles for the transport of freight. A number of factors were considered, including: the type/s commodities being transported, the relative safety benefits of using larger vehicles, the operating costs of differing types of transport vehicles (e.g. Semi-Trailer vs B-Double vs Road Train) and the capacity of non-road infrastructure, including transport terminals and the assessment of river crossings - both bridges and ferries.
Through thorough research, consultation and technical analysis, a clear understanding of the region’s current and forecast future volume, value, harvest periods, transport routes and key transport issues was developed and documented.
With such a large amount of information comes the complexity of how to convey this in a meaningful and useful way. Through the use of mapping; for both the Freight Task and the Supply Chain for each commodity, we effectively distilled and presented an overwhelming level of information in a clear, easy to understand manner.
The end result - a study which provides a sound basis for improved transport infrastructure, freight efficiency and economic benefit for both the Murraylands and Riverland region and beyond.