he Over Dimensional Vehicle / Cargo Workshop was held on the 26 July.  Hosted by the Port of Brisbane, the objective of the Workshop was to identify impediments to the efficient transport of over dimensional (OD) cargo from the Port of Brisbane using supply chain corridors to the Surat, Bowen and Galilee basins.

The Workshop was well attended by representatives from the QTLC, Port of Brisbane, heavy haulage industry, Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) and CSG companies.

The high number of movements expected into the Surat Basin and the curfew arrangements on over dimensional loads during Christmas and Easter periods emerged as critical impediments to the efficient movement of excess dimensional loads.

In response, the QTLC has approached TMR and written to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) on behalf of industry supply chains to seek an exemption from the 2012 Christmas curfew on travel restrictions for over dimensional loads.

To ensure the sustainability of all supply chains in the Surat Basin, the QTLC is participating in the LNG Surat Basin Supply Chain Group convened by TMR.  With representatives across the whole supply chain including TMR, QTA, Toowoomba Regional Council, QPS, heavy haulage operators, Port of Brisbane and Queensland Rail, the Group is undertaking activities aimed at developing suitable marshalling/rest stop areas as well as over taking lanes along the route to Charleville from the Port and managing the impacts on contraflow supply chains such as cotton, grain and beef.