AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE RECOVERY
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On 6 January, the SCLAA announced that the Association would be working with NGOs, Government and other agencies to establish their requirements for the bushfire recovery and rebuilding. These requirements will include road cartage of goods, interim storage, warehouse unpack facilities, supply of food, water, fuel and other essentials, earthmoving equipment, temporary housing and other equipment, amongst others.
The main purpose of this initiative is to create a coordinated industry response with the SCLAA acting as a conduit between relevant authorities, NGOs and other on the ground organisations, and the Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport industries.
While the specific list of initial requirements is expected shortly, the SCLAA has established alliances and single points of contact with a number of organisations which will assist in distributing the lists of requirements. These include:
- Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA)
In partnership with the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA), the FTA is the representative body for the international supply chain sector bringing together importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders and logistics service providers. www.ftalliance.com.au/
- Road Freight NSW
Road Freight NSW is the peak industry organisation in NSW representing trucking operators. Its members range from some of the nation’s largest transport companies, with many thousands of employees, through to small family businesses operating with less than 5 employees, servicing all areas of NSW. www.roadfreightnsw.com.au
- Shipping Australia Ltd (SAL)
The peak industry body representing all Shipping Lines and shipping agents calling Australian Bulk and Container Ports. SAL members have ready to deploy shipping containers to provide much needed storage of goods in bushfire affected areas. www.shippingaustralia.com.au
- Australian Federation of International Freight Forwarders (AFIF)
Represents the Sea Freight and Air Freight Forwarding agencies with affiliations to Customs and Border security and various relationships with Industry service providers both locally and internationally. www.afif.asn.au
The SCLAA was directly commended last week for its foresight and pro-activeness in this endeavour and providing its own Secretariat and Administrative resources to assist with the communication process.
We have been informed that the various and widespread requirements are currently being assessed by the authorities in the newly re-opened fire devastated communities and requirements in the first instance will be further communicated in the coming days.
Thank you to those who have already contacted the SCLAA to advise us of services and equipment that they are able to provide towards the recovery and rebuild.