Logistics Planning and Australia’s Road Network

In recent weeks, the monsoonal trough has extended down into the Australian continent and many of Australia’s road/network has been impacted.

One week ago, to get freight from Perth to Halls Creek in the Kimberley, trucks would have to divert as far east as NSW and travel north again to enable this activity. Then the monsoonal trough dropped down into this area and now this road network is cut south of Kununurra. The rail connection between East and West is cut after significant flooding in South Australia will not be repaired for another 10 days.

Media reporting uses words like ‘unprecedented’ and ‘100 year weather events’ to create sensation and headlines, yet the development of the Monsoonal trough over Northern Aust is an annual event colloquially known to most of us as “the wet”.

Commentary continues to report the potential impacts to major capital projects and the resources industry. These comments really surprise me as one of the fundamental planning parameters we use in Culmination Point in designing and operating major project supply chains is what we call “Australian factors”. These factors include Australia’s unique labour laws, consideration of limited infrastructure, and always, always includes detailed Met and Weather profiling and considerations. Having a major piece of capital equipment stuck on the wrong side of a flooded causeway for 10 days is unacceptable and is due to poor planning. We don’t own crystal balls and we are not psychic, we are just experienced professionals whom do the hard planning and work to create the contingencies that enable seamless equipment and materials delivery.

All major capital projects in planning and even in execution in Aust’s north require robust Logistics strategies and plans. ‘Australian factors’ and contingency planning are paramount within these plans..

“I don’t know what the hell this ‘logistics’ is, but I want some of it.” – Admiral E. J. King