Transport and Logistics

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Industry Overview

Industry Profile

Trends & Opportunities


Industry Overview

The Central West straddles a number of key interstate freight corridors with substantial volumes of freight passing through the region.

Local and regional businesses rely on an effective freight network for the export of commodities produced in the Central West destined for national and international markets. This also applies for the import of goods consumed within the local area and goods required for other purposes such as mining and manufacturing.

In the order of 10 million tonnes of freight moves through the Central West on its way to export markets. This occurs primarily on the Newell and Great Western Highway road corridors and the Main West rail corridor.

Road freight predominantly services the movement of agriculture products with rail freight servicing the movement of bulk commodities originating in or destined for the region.

Existing highway and road networks include the Great Western Highway, Newell Highway, Mid Western Highway, Lachlan Valley Way and Henry Lawson Way.

An estimated 15 Million tonnes of goods originate in the Central West of NSW annually and are transported either within the region or to national and international markets.

By 2034 the freight task is expected to rise to approximately 25 million tonnes.

Road Through Freight

Through Freight on roads is primarily on the Newell Highway and Great Western Highway Corridors. The Newell supports the movement of high volumes of general goods from Melbourne/Adelaide to Brisbane and various origin and destination combinations in between. The Great Western Highway supports transport of general goods to and from Sydney.

Rail Through Freight

The interstate East-West rail network passes through the Central West. Parkes is an important intersection point between the East West ARTC network running from Perth to Parkes and south to Cootamundra to link with the ARTC North South Network. It is also located on the alignment for the proposed Inland Rail.

Parkes is also an interface point between the ARTC interstate network and the NSW Country Regional Network (CRN). Through freight services that traverse the Central West to external destinations include:

  • Steel Train from Whyalla to Newcastle
  • Various General Freight services from the Dubbo Region to Sydney and Port Kembla
  • Intermodal services from Perth to Sydney.

Air Freight Flows

The movement of freight by air supports high value as well as time sensitive freight including high value parcel freight, medical and mining supplies and equipment.

Regular Public Transport (RPT) flights operate between Sydney Airport (Mascot) and Bathurst, Orange and Parkes. These are operated by Regional Express Airlines (REX).

Toll Aviation operates air freight on behalf of Toll Priority. A number of aircraft operate out of Bankstown for regional ports including two Piper Chieftain twin-engine aircraft owned by AFS/Parkes Aviation and running to Bathurst, Orange, Parkes and Dubbo.

Source: NSW Central West Freight Study, 2014, NSW Central West Region Export/Import Contribution Study, 2014

Industry Profile

The Transport and Logistics sector is an important and growing industry within the Central West, providing jobs and stimulus for new investment.

The Gross Regional Product Contribution is $ 384.55 million, accounting for 4% of the region’s GRP, lower than the State average (5.6%).

The Transport and Logistics sector employed approximately 3,264 residents in 2011 representing 4.5% of the region’s resident workforce.


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Industry Gross Regional Product Contribution

GRP Icon$384.55 million

The Transport and Logistics sector accounted for 4% of the region’s GRP.

Import Value

Import Icon$199.1 million

The import value of the Transport and Logistics sector represents 4.8% of total imports.

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Export Value

Export Icon$177.6 million

The export value of the Transport and Logistics sector represents 2.6% of total exports.


Business Icon969

Business entities are actively trading in the Transport and Logistics sector.


Employees Icon3,264

People are employed in the Transport and Logistics Sector.

Sources: ABS, NIEIR, A.P. SHEERE CONSULTING, NSW Central West Region Export/Import Contribution Study, 2014.


Trends & Opportunities

Industry trends suggest continued growth in the Transport and Logistics sector. Potential Transport and Logistics sector opportunities include:

  • Opportunities for logistics, manufacturing and distribution companies to relocate their operations to centralise warehousing and increase distribution efficiencies.
  • Opportunities for businesses servicing this sector to meet the sector’s expansion.
  •  Inland Rail to provide additional opportunities for transport and logistics.

Source: NSW Central West Region Export/Import Contribution Study, 2014, A.P. SHEERE CONSULTING