Meningie couple Mick and Ros O'Hara have been inducted into the Australian Trucking Hall of Fame after clocking up more than 30 years of service and making a huge impact on the transport industry.
Born in 1956, Mr O'Hara began his truck-driving career at just 17 years of age, carting livestock and general goods in a V8 petrol Dodge tray-truck and trailer.
For years he worked alongside his parents and three brothers in the family's local livestock transporting business, before taking over the company with his wife in 1991.
Mrs O'Hara was in charge of the office and book work while Mr O'Hara spent most of his time organising trucks and loadings.
"I've travelled all over Australia carting livestock and have met a lot of good people and seen a lot of good places," Mr O'Hara said.
"Quite often we would be away from home for two weeks at a time; at times it does get lonely but in the livestock game there's usually more than one truck and you travel together.
"It's hard work, but it's enjoyable."
With a passion for his work, Mr O'Hara became heavily involved in the Livestock Transport's Association of South Australia (LTASA) and was State president for two years.
He went on to be elected president for the national body, the Australian Livestock Transport Association (ALTA), and later served as its representative on the Australian Trucking Association board.
In recognition of his contribution to industry, Mr O'Hara was awarded life membership from both LTASA and ALTA.
Over their careers, Mick and Ros have stood up as advocates for the trucking industry and livestock transport sector and helped develop the inaugural quality assurance system TruckCare.
The determination and dedication the couple showed also won O'Hara Transport the NMA Award for packaging, transport and distribution in the 200 Balfours Meat Industry Awards for Excellence.
Mrs O'Hara said being inducted into the Alice Springs' Hall of Fame would complement the couple's previous achievements in the industry.
"I think it's important for future family generations to be able to go up there (Alice Springs) and see our names," she said.
"We ran the livestock transporting business in Meningie for more than 30 years.
"I ran the office and did all the accounting side of the business and Mick did all the truck side."
Partners: Mick and Ros O'Hara, of Meningie, have been inducted into the Australian Trucking Hall of Fame after 30 years in the business.
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Jamie Whincup clearly isn't afraid of getting to grips with all aspects of a V8 Supercars race team's operations – he recently obtained his multi-combination truck driving licence and took to the wheel of the Red Bull Racing Australia MAN TGX race transporter.
The 31-year-old said driving the 62-tonne B-double to Melbourne ahead of last weekend's Wilson Security Sandown 500 was the perfect way to get his eye in for the start of the V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
It seems he was right: Whincup and Paul Dumbrell went on to dominate the first endurance event, guiding the #1 Red Bull Racing Australia Commodore to first place by a winning margin of over two-and-a-half minutes.
"I absolutely love driving the truck and with the endurance season starting this weekend, there's no better preparation for me than to do the long haul out on the open road," Whincup said late last week.
"Our transport driver Warick 'Wazza' Beames was a bit white-knuckled at the start because he doesn't usually hand the keys over to his pride and joy so I was very grateful to get the opportunity."
Wazza stopped short of allowing Whincup to push on into the Melbourne suburbs, however, instead grabbing back the keys at a Caltex service centre in Tullamarine, in the city's northern suburbs.
A YouTube clip of the V8 Supercar driver's stint behind the wheel of the MAN TGX shows he clearly enjoyed himself, although Wazza, sitting in the passenger's seat, appeared a little 'on edge'. In any case, the transporter made it safely to its destination and the rest, as they say, is history...
Whincup is leading the V8 Supercars Championship on 2325 points, 273 points ahead of Red Bull Racing teammate, Craig Lowndes. Ford Pepsi Max Crew driver Mark Winterbottom is nipping at Lowndsey's heels, however, just three points adrift.
Next up on the V8 Supercars calendar is the big one: the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, to be held over October 9 to 12. If you spot a Red Bull Racing Australia race transporter barrelling down the highway toward The Mountain, make sure you check out who's behind the wheel – you might just be overtaking the fastest V8 Supercars racer in the country!
Penske Automotive Group Inc. today said it is buying a company that distributes diesel and gasoline engines and power systems in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific markets.
Penske will buy MTU Detroit Diesel Australia, which distributes engines and power systems to trucking, mining, power-generation, construction, industrial, rail, marine, agriculture, oil and gas and defense industries.
The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter and contribute an estimated $225 million to $250 million in annualized revenue to Penske. Terms were not disclosed.
“As we considered opportunities to grow and enhance our business in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, coupling engine and power systems with our existing Western Star, MAN Truck and Bus and Dennis Eagle truck distribution business provided an opportunity to scale our existing operations in an efficient manner,” CEO Roger Penske said in a statement.
Penske Automotive bought commercial vehicle distributor Western Star Trucks Australia from Transpacific Industries Group in 2013. Western Star Trucks Australia distributes Western Star, Dennis Eagle and MAN medium- and heavy-duty trucks through more than 80 independent dealers in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.
Penske will acquire MTU-DDA from its two primary distribution partners, Daimler AG and MTU Friedrichshafen, which is an affiliate of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. MTU-DDA will continue to be a strategic distributor of Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Daimler in the region.
Penske ranks No. 2 on the Automotive News list of the top 125 dealership groups in the United States, with retail sales of 199,795 new vehicles in 2013.
Source: Automotive News
School visits aim to pique interest among female students about trucking industry.
Heather Jones (left) is using school visits to raise the trucking industry's profile among female students.
A female truck driver in Western Australia is heading back to school in an effort to raise interest among female students about careers in the trucking industry.
Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls founder Heather Jones, who set up the group late last year to encourage more female drivers to enter the industry, has started visiting high schools to raise trucking’s profile among students.
This week’s visit to a high school in Western Australia has proved successful, with many female students expressing interest to work in the industry.
"We usually start by asking the girls if any of them had ever thought about transport as a career," Jones, who has been in the industry for 25 years, says.
"On Tuesday, we had one. At the end of our info session, 33 per cent of girls were interested in looking into or following transport as a career."
Jones, who runs her own owner-driver company Success Transport, says many new drivers miss out on a job due to a lack of experience.
"I’ve got over 100 young men and women who have contacted me. They can’t get past HR [heavy rigid] because they don’t have the required five years’ experience," she says.
"Once you get your licence, going from licence to experience there’s a huge gap so no one is covering that area."
Jones has been offering 160 hours of free mentoring to new drivers. New drivers accompany Jones on the job to observe everyday tasks in the Pilbara region.
"That then gets them up for a very good foundation. They’re trained correctly and have the highest level of safety because that’s what the oil and gas require," she says.
"They’re learning that from the beginning and don’t have to unlearn that habit or relearn bad training. I would rather have a blank canvass than try and undo some really bad training."
A group of 12 truck drivers will compete to be crowned Australia’s best.
A competitor squeezes his truck between barrels during one of the Scania Driver Competition's events.
A group of 12 truck drivers from across Australia will converge on the Gold Coast next month to battle for the prize of Australia’s best truck driver.
The final of the bi-annual Scania Driver Competition will be held at the Gold Coast Race Course on October 1.
The 12 competitors will spend a day demonstrating their manoeuvring and driving skills and then complete a skills-based theory test and mock media interviews.
The winner will receive prizes worth $10,000.
"The Scania Driver Competition in Australia is one of more than 40 similar Scania-run competitions held around the world this year, as the company invites as many as 80,000 drivers globally to show off their skills and knowledge behind the wheel," Scania Australia communications manager Ron Szulc says.
Szulc says four of the 12 truck drivers are previous finalists.
Drivers competing come from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the Northern Territory and Western Australia and work for some of the country’s top trucking firms, including Toll, Chemtrans, Harris Refrigeration and SRV Road Freight.
Scania is also holding a similar event for bus drivers at the same venue on September 30.
A group of 12 will compete for $10,000 in prizes. Like the trucking contingent, the bus drivers will undergo a driving and manoeuvring challenge, a theory test and a mock media interview.
"Scania has been a consistent force promoting the professionalism of Australian drivers, having run this competition several times in the past," Szulc says.
"Scania is proud to be a conduit to display the professionalism and knowledge of commercial drivers, helping to raise their profile within the general community, as well as to provide a platform for the best drivers to shine."
State-of-the-art facility for Volvo, Mack and UD officially launched near interstate freeway intersection
Trucks at VCV Sydney West Dealership
The new Volvo Commercial Vehicles (VCV) dealership which has been operating in Sydney’s west since early this year, has been officially opened.
The combined Volvo/Mack/UD dealership and large workshop is at Blacktown, near the "spaghetti flyover" intersection of the M7 and M4 motorways.
The old Mack dealership at Chipping Norton is now closed.
The new complex cost the Volvo group $16 million and is on two hectares of land. The company says there will be room for B-triples if they are allowed between Melbourne and Sydney.
The site is close to some massive warehouses and big trucking depots that continue to spring up at nearby Eastern Creek and Huntingwood.
Volvo Group Australia (VGA) says the workshop operation is 24 hours a day between 6:30am on Mondays and lunchtime Saturdays, and caters not only for medium to heavy trucks but buses and trailers as well.
It includes specialised services such as brake and roadworthiness testing; boasts a roof crane and oil is piped underground from a nearby storage shed.
VGA president Peter Voorhoeve says the new dealership will further improve the company’s service to truck fleets operating along the east coast of Australia.
"We have invested heavily in creating a one-stop shop for Mack, UD and Volvo truck owners," Voorhoeve says.
"The development of brand-new dealerships demonstrates our commitment to providing quality service in convenient locations for our customers."
Melbourne’s controversial new road proposal, the East-West Link, which the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects declared an ‘environmental disaster’, has received the backing of the Victorian truckers’ body the VTA.
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has urged political parties to build the East-West Link tunnel.
The VTA made these statements following the political decision of the Labor Party not to honour contracts for the completion of the eastern section of the East-West Link project, which are likely to be entered into by current Victorian Government prior to the state election in November.
VTA CEO Neil Chambers reinforced the strong industry view that a second Yarra River crossing is vital to relieve the undue reliance on the already congested M1 corridor.
“There’s no denying that Melbourne has developed an over-reliance on the M1 corridor and the ramifications are easily seen when our road network grinds to a halt due to accidents or when the CityLink tunnels are unavailable to traffic.
“Over the coming decades this situation will only worsen as Victoria’s freight task is expected to double and the containerised trade through the Port of Melbourne will triple. The only way Victoria will be able to manage this logistical challenge is if our political parties to look at the bigger picture and commit in a timely fashion to a pipeline of major projects to be built – the first being the eastern section of the East West Link with links to the Port of Melbourne.
“Victoria is the nation’s freight and logistic hub, contributing up to $23 billion to Gross State Product in 2011, and accounting for up to eight percent of the State’s economy. It is crucial this industry has access to a modern road network, which the VTA believes East-West Link will deliver.
“The Federal Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics estimates that traffic delays in Melbourne costs the community around $2.7 billion per year. Also during peak periods, over 50% of road traffic uses 3% of the freeway and arterial network, a large component of which is reliance on the M1 corridor. Major infrastructure projects such as East-West Link are necessary to reduce these costs and ensure Victoria has an efficient economy.
“The VTA has remained supportive of the delivery of East West Link Stage 1 (between the Eastern Freeway/Hoddle Street interchange and CityLink), but we know that this is only the first step. It is imperative that further East West Link connections to the Port of Melbourne precinct and the M80 are delivered if the state is to secure its long term economic vitality, Mr Chambers said.
Source: T&L NEWS
The fiery petrol tanker crash at Mona Vale. Picture; Stuart de Low Source: Supplied
TROUBLED transport group McAleese has been fined $440,900 for registration and safety breaches by its fleet following a fatal tanker crash involving one of the company’s vehicles.
The fine was handed down in the Sydney Magistrates Court after the company was charged with 255 offences by NSW Roads and Maritime Services.
Including court costs and a victim support levy, the company will pay $525,000.
McAleese grounded its fleet due to safety concerns after a tankers operated by its subsidiary, Cootes Transport, was involved in a fatal crash at Mona Vale on Sydney’s northern beaches in October.
Two people were killed and five were injured after the tanker rolled on its side, burst into flames and collided with several cars.
The driver was charged with dangerous driving.
His lawyer has claimed defective brakes on his vehicle were to blame for the crash, but the case is still before the courts.
McAleese says it has since undertaken a complete safety audit of all of its vehicles, investing $7.2 million on fleet infrastructure and upgrades and a further $4.5m on repairs and maintenance.
Other safety practices had also been introduced, and Cootes Transport had been fully restructured to become a smaller more modern fleet.
“The company notes the magistrate’s recognition that it has undertaken extensive steps to address the issues identified last year and earlier this year through comprehensive enhancements to its business operations,” McAleese said in a statement.
The crash occurred just weeks before McAleese listed as a public company on the Australian Securities Exchange. It triggered major contract losses and the stock lost two thirds of its value.
For the year to June, the company made a $63 million loss, in what has been the most disappointing initial public offering since the rush of floats began in the past year.
Shares in the company were trading steady at 50c in midday trade
Source: The Australian
A 42-year-old truck driver will face court next month after being caught allegedly drink driving 13 times over the limit in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Police responded to complaints from other motorists about a Mack semi-trailer driving erratically on the New England Highway around 3.30pm on Sunday.
Highway Patrol officers intercepted the truck, which was hauling grain, near Singleton, and asked him to take a breath test, but he allegedly repeatedly refused to comply. The driver was arrested and taken to Singleton Police Station, where a breath analysis returned an alleged reading of 0.272, more than 13 times the legal alcohol limit for drivers of vehicles weighing more than 13.9 tonnes.
The man, from Gwandalan, was charged with high-range PCA and granted conditional bail to appear at Singleton Local Court on October 30.
His licence was suspended and confiscated.
Source: Business Insider
Cecil Andrews Senior High School student Bethany Nichol-Marion (14) in a hot-pink Western Star truck cab owned by Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girl Julie Gavin. Picture: Sarah Waters.
YOUNG women at Cecil Andrews Senior High School were given a lesson in how to make it in a male-dominated industry.
Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls founder Heather Jones and fellow member Julie Gavin pulled up at the school last Tuesday in truck cabs, which usually have three trailer loads of cargo behind them.
The woman truckies, who have successfully carved out high-paying careers as long-haul truck drivers, were there to let students know that they too could do the same.
Mrs Jones, who has been a truck driver for 25 years, said she loved the job and it offered a lifestyle that suited women, but many didn't know about it.
“It's a whole new world and it really is a fantastic life,” she said. “Women are put off by the old image of Bob the truck driver, but it's not like that anymore. We're encouraged to eat well and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
“This new generation of truckies is very professional and we drive some state-of-the-art safety trucks.”
It was rare to have female truck drivers when Mrs Jones, a former legal secretary, first started out in the industry, but it was not long before she gained the respect of her male counterparts.
She learned to load and secure heavy equipment needed for the mining industry, including fuel and crane parts, and transported them across WA to mines sites in her road train, which she bought after her marriage broke up.
Her two daughters came on the road with her and were homeschooled along the way.
For the past 10 years Mrs Jones has been promoting the industry, lobbying against dangerous driving and more recently training women to drive her Scania truck to help them in the industry.
“This is an industry that needs another 500,000 drivers over the next 15 years, so it is a guaranteed career for employment,” she said.
“Without trucks you would have no homes, roads, cities, ports, railways, airports, fuel. Most truck drivers are viewed as nameless, faceless pests on our highways, but we are so very much the cornerstones of society.”
Fifteen per cent of truck drivers in the Pilbara are women and many of them have been trained by Mrs Jones.
“Woman are a lot gentler on the gears and they tend to be more risk averse. We also do everything in WA – including changing tyres,” she said.
Canning Coalition Inc co-ordinated the visit by the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls to Cecil Andrews Senior High School.
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WA Freight Group expects strong returns from this financial year.
WA Freight Group general manager Steve Fanning.
McAleese’s takeover of WA Freight Group has brought certainty to the trucking outfit, which is predicting a bright future under its new owner.
The last business of four under the former Silk Logistics banner, WA Freight Group was sold in April to McAleese for $15.4 million.
The takeover came as good news for the company, which struggled to attract new business while it remained on the market.
"The last financial year was difficult to bring new business on due to the fact that the business was up for sale. People were hesitant in making any changes until they understood who was going to own the business," WA Freight Group general manager Steve Fanning says.
"Now that we have a new owner, we’re forecasting our new business sales to increase this financial year and we are very focussed on organic growth."
WA Freight Group specialises in the movement of less-than-truckload freight on the east-west and north-south corridors, having moved over 270,000 tonnes of freight last financial year.
It operates 31 trucks across six national depots and employs more than 250 people.
WA Freight Group management has been busy overseeing a $3 million investment in new equipment under McAleese.
It has added six new Kenworth and Western Star prime movers and six Vawdrey trailers to its fleet to replace old equipment, and another $4 million is due to be spent in the coming year.
Read the full story on WA Freight Group in the October issue of ATN. Click here to secure your copy now.
If you roll your eyes when someone claims that inhabiting a massive luxury RV counts as “camping”, you’re not going to like this. As if showers, giant TVs and microwaves weren’t already overkill enough, a bunch of crazy German automakers have created what is possibly the world’s first motorhome with a convertible roof, letting you experience Mother Nature in total, windblown comfort.
The Skydancer 7.5 is just a concept at this point, but its creators have built a working prototype based on a Mercedes Atego cargo truck with heavy modifications. Many motorhomes use the space above the driver’s cab for storage or sleeping, but the Skydancer actually places the driver and passenger above the engine in the front, so that a sliding convertible roof could be implemented. Overkill? For sure. But when driving through scenic countryside it would certainly provide a better view.
Designed to comfortably transport and sleep four passengers, the Skydancer 7.5 has room for all the normal amenities one would expect in a vehicle this size, like a bed, bathroom, shower, etc. They just all haven’t been installed or implemented given this is a proof-of-concept prototype. One that some lucky soul with just under $US104,000, and a love of the wind in their hair, can purchase.
OLD SCHOOL...Truckie Carl ‘Knocker’ Gough has been inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. Inset: His KB7 International, loaded high with wool bales.
Wilmington’s Carl Gough has been inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.
His story, pictures of himself and some of his trucks are now enshrined in the Hall’s “Shell Rimula Wall of Fame”.
The honour recognised his lifetime of service and contribution to the transport industry.
In 1948, at just 17 years of age, Mr Gough began his trucking career when he started working for VO Whiting and Sons Transport in Port Augusta.
“Knocker”, as he was best known, spent his entire working life with Whitings and in 1965 became a partner in the company.
For 50 years he criss-crossed the length and breadth of Australia carting wool, sheep, fuel, pipeline materials and station supplies.
Life on the road was pretty tough, and there were no comforts such as motels or serviced rest stops - it was camping and out with the swags.
But the camaraderie truckies built up and the friendships they forged lived on.
It was fitting that a life-long friend, the late Don Whiting, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame last week.
Mr Gough interacted with a wide range of people over his career - one being the legendary Tom Kruse.
“If I was heading through that (Maree) area and Tom needed something delivered to a station he would say to me ‘Laddie, would you mind dropping this off to such and such?’” he said.
While the work was hard, physically demanding and at times he went without proper sleep for 40 hours or more, he would not have had it any other way.
After an accident left him with two broken arms in 1994 he retired to a patch of land just out of Wilmington. In 2010, on his 80th birthday, the vital service he gave to remote outback areas was recognised by the Premier.
Source: The Flinders News
The scene of the truck explosion on the Mitchell Highway. Photo: QPS
Highly-volatile ammonium nitrate remains at the scene of a B-Double truck explosion on the Mitchell Highway in south-west Queensland.
The scene will remain under the control of the Department of Natural Resources Mines until Friday.
Ammonium nitrate - both a fertiliser and an explosive - can explode if it is mixed with some organic materials.
The scene of the truck explosion on the Mitchell Highway, near the south-west Queensland down of Charleville. Photo: QPS
Five senior explosives inspectors from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and other investigators from the Department of Transport and Main Roads have assumed control of the site near Charleville, where eight people were injured on Friday night.
The exclusion zone has been lifted, but Transport and Main Roads examiners have not yet been inside the site to investigate the cause of Friday's truck crash in any detail.
"The Explosives Inspectorate has begun their site investigation," a spokesman from the Department of Mines said.
The scene of the truck explosion on the Mitchell Highway, near the south-west Queensland down of Charleville. Photo: QFES
"They are surveying the area, preparing a debris field map, verifying the crater size, taking samples of remnant ammonium nitrate and examining damage to road and rail infrastructure."
The department said it was unlikely the remnant ammonium nitrate still at the scene would explode.
"Under normal handling, storage and transport conditions, ammonium nitrate is stable and not liable to explode," the department responded in a statement.
"Although ammonium nitrate does not burn, it can oxidise on heating and detonate if subjected to extreme pressure or heat; if it is confined or contaminated with organic material."
Fairfax Media understands the Explosives Inspectorate will gradually complete their assessment of the site, before slowly allowing other departments, police and fire crews greater access to the area.
Natural Resources and Mines Explosives Inspectorate expect their investigation to be completed by the end of the week.
"Local SES personnel are helping the explosives inspectors by flagging debris and patrolling the cordon that's been established around the site," the spokesman said.
"The explosives inspectors expect to be gathering evidence for the rest of this week."
A full investigative report on the explosion will be prepared for the Chief Inspector of Explosives.
Transporting ammonium nitrate is subject to strict security and safety provisions, as well as routine inspections under the national Australian Dangerous Goods Code.
The construction of an alternate 4WD track for cars and caravans will be the first road work near the explosion site after investigations by transport engineers, police and explosive inspectors are finished.
But the impacted stretch of the Mitchell Highway will be closed to freight trucks for some time.
Queensland Trucking Association chief executive Peter Garske said it would take months before a suitable alternative road was ready for freight vehicles.
He said freight trucks would be forced to travel an extra 500 to 600 kilometres around the explosion site.
With fuels costs at $1.80 per litre, plus the $300 a day for the driver's total costs, $2000 a day would be added to freight costs, he said.
"And it looks like we will be wearing these costs for a couple of months to come," Mr Garske said.
Source: Brisbane Times
Daniel Andrews' pre-election pledge has industry on edge
Growing concern in transport and other industries at the politicisation of the Victorian infrastructure debate had broken out into public criticism centred on the East West Link (EWL).
The upwelling of concern today follows State ALP leader Daniel Andrews’ threat to ditch the East West Link Project (Stage 1) contract should Labor be elected in November.
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) and the Property Council are but two organisations urging an ALP rethink on the EWL but this follows rumblings of unease in the ports sector over the its championing of the Bay West second port proposal.
VTA CEO Neil Chambers reinforced the strong industry view that a second Yarra River crossing is vital to relieve undue reliance on the already congested M1 corridor.
"There’s no denying that Melbourne has developed an over-reliance on the M1 corridor and the ramifications are easily seen when our road network grinds to a halt due to accidents or when the CityLink tunnels are unavailable to traffic.
"Over the coming decades, this situation will only worsen as Victoria’s freight task is expected to double and the containerised trade through the Port of Melbourne will triple.
"The only way Victoria will be able to manage this logistical challenge is if our political parties to look at the bigger picture and commit in a timely fashion to a pipeline of major projects to be built – the first being the eastern section of the East West Link with links to the Port of Melbourne."
Chambers notes the estimated $2.7 billion a year cost to the state of Melbourne congestion and that during peak periods, more than 50 per cent of road traffic uses 3 per cent of the freeway and arterial network, a large component of which is reliance on the M1 corridor.
Freeway modernisation means it is "imperative that further East West Link connections to the Port of Melbourne precinct and the M80 are delivered if the State is to secure its long term economic vitality".
Property Council (Victoria) executive director Jennifer Cunich echoed the VTA’s position on the M1.
"Melbourne needs a second river crossing which eases congestion on the M1 and addresses the shortcomings of the Eastern Freeway," she says.
"Infrastructure planning and development is not a political football. It is a vital component of good governance
"Decisions such as this only increase the likelihood of investment moving interstate where politics comes second to acting in the state’s interest.
"The abandonment of East West Link throws Melbourne’s long term road transport planning into deep uncertainty."
Not mentioned was the impact of the second container port on traffic flows along with the whole question of where it will be sited after Labor ditched Hastings port for Bay West.
It is understood that Ports Australia is singularly unimpressed by the investment uncertainty created by the Opposition on this matter in a climate where the ports community is striving for certainty in long term ports and corridor planning.