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CONEXPO-CON/AGG VIP SHOW GUIDE contains Floor Plans and a complete listing of companies exhibiting at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 trade show in Las Vegas March 3-7, 2014. It also contains 2014 forecasts for the Aggregate, Concrete and Cement industries

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48 MINING & TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA 2014 | ISSUE 8 SERVICES & INFRASTRUCTURE HPV access to the Bowmans Intermodal Terminal in the state's Mid-North will facilitate the use of rail and an upgrade of the Coast Road on Yorke Peninsula will beneft emerging mines in the region, particularly Rex Minerals' Hillside copper mine, as well as local communities. In late 2012, SAFC released an updated Freight Transport Infrastructure Priorities document, 'Moving Freight', which details and prioritises projects that the South Australian economy required in order to ensure growth. It is a refection of the changes in the South Australian economy when noting that the top seven projects categorised as 'urgent' in the 2006 version of the document did not mention mining, whereas the latest updated version has a signifcant mining infrastructure focus. The recent introduction of the three National Transport Regulators covering Heavy Vehicles, Rail Safety and Marine Safety promises to result in improved efciencies and has been implemented relatively smoothly, but much more needs to be done to lift the regulatory coverage and uniformity across the nation. The frustrating old maxim of 'Yes, but we are diferent' is raising its ugly head again as various states diverge from the national model legislation in the interests of preserving local productivity enhancements. Local productivity enhancements are often acceptable but become an issue when vehicles are moving between States. This is a key issue confronting the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in particular, but also the National Rail Safety Regulator. What was once planned to result in uniform national heavy vehicle regulations, registration and licensing fees has been watered down to cover most, but not all regulation. The proof of the pudding will come in the area of HPV access, and negotiations for enhanced access with local government which maintains the ultimate decision making power, to overcome Last/First mile issues. Transport and logistics arrangements are rightly seen as being critical to the success of most mines, with new deep sea ports, haul roads, rail sidings and upgraded road intersections all required to facilitate the success of South Australian projects. This is why we require a collaborative response from the mining industry, local, state and the Commonwealth governments and the transport and logistics industry. SAFC continues to play a role in facilitating this collaboration as we believe South Australia requires an efcient, competitive, multi-modal, state-wide freight system that will ensure all South Australians reap the benefts of our state's rich resources. South Australia has found itself at somewhat of a crossroads where major decisions need to be made now about the state's future freight transport requirements and logistics arrangements. If we get it right we are on the threshold of something big, moving towards a critical mass of new developments that will launch the state into decades of prosperity. Since mid-2003 Neil Murphy has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC), a cross-modal industry association which is focussed upon identifying key freight logistics issues for South Australia, and the development of solutions. Previous employment has included almost 20 years with the South Australian Government in various areas including Fisheries, Economic Development and Transport. Neil is the Chair of the Port Adelaide Container Terminal Monitoring Panel, State Chair of ICHCA SA (Inter- national Cargo Handling and Coordination Association) and a Board Member of Shelter SA. He is a mem- ber of the Australian Freight Council's Network and a variety of other industry and government committees, panels and reference groups. He has a politics degree from Flinders University, an Advanced Diploma in Logistics Management, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Neil lives with his partner Denise and two children in the north-eastern foothills of Adelaide.He is a Life Member of the Mitchell Park Cricket Club. The South Australian Freight Council Inc (SAFC) is South Australia's peak, multi-modal freight and logis- tics industry group that advises both the Federal and State governments on industry-related issues, and is funded by both governments and industry. SAFC represents road, rail, sea and air freight modes and op- erations, as well as freight service customerrs, and assists the industry on issues relating to freight logistics across all modes.

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