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RDA Orana Freight Studies Launch

29 September 2017

Two freight studies commissioned by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana were launched simultaneously by the NSW Government Member for Dubbo, the Hon Troy Grant MP, at the Dubbo RSL Club on 25 September 2017.

Conducted by Urbis, the Orana International Air Freight Feasibility Study showed that Dubbo City Regional Airport is an ideal location for an international air freight facility.

Investment in infrastructure, including a dedicated cargo terminal, IT and customs facilities, and quarantine area, would allow Dubbo to become a gateway for air freight into Asia. It would also be realistic for an airline operator to run a passenger service into the region.

RDA Orana executive officer Megan Dixon said, “The region has minimal value-added freight at the present time. However, there is an opportunity for more value-adding to occur in the region, creating more employment.”

The master plan for Dubbo City Regional Airport indicates the airport's potential to accept new and larger types of aircraft over the next 20 years.

The second Urbis study, the Orana Freight and Logistics Capability Study, showed that the NSW Freight task is expected to double by 2030 and triple by 2050.

Mrs Dixon said, “The research reveals that existing freight and logistics networks in the Orana region do not yet constrain regional productive capacity or impede access to markets. However, added intensity can exacerbate issues such as deterioration of road conditions, traffic congestion and accessibility, also putting pressure on local councils to fund increased future maintenance costs.”

To address these future infrastructure issues, the report notes that there will need to be an integrated approach to industry and network planning and investment to ensure future productivity, access to markets and haulage opportunities.