The City of Melbourne developed the Last Kilometre Freight Plan as a way to pro-actively plan for the future of freight in the city.
The plan was informed by two phases of community engagement that took place in 2015.
Read the final plan
Read the final plan
Draft plan overview
Timeline item 1 - complete
Community engagement on Issues and Opportunities
2 March to 31 March 2015
Timeline item 2 - complete
Draft Last Kilometre Freight Plan presented to Future Melbourne Committee
Timeline item 3 - complete
Community engagement on the draft Last Kilometre Freight Plan
14 October to 27 November 2015
Timeline item 4 - complete
Last Kilometre Freight Plan presented to Future Melbourne Committee
Draft plan engagement report
Draft plan engagement report
Community engagement summary report
- What is last kilometre freight?
Last kilometre freight refers to the last leg of a product’s journey – from the supplier into a shop, café, office or other destination.
- Why are we doing a project on Last Kilometre Freight?
The City of Melbourne is growing with more people living, working and visiting the central city. As a result, more people are using the city’s roads and footpaths on foot or bicycle, in cars, trucks, vans and on public transport and the number of deliveries is increasing with more freight going into shops and offices to provide the things that people want and need such as food, drink, office supplies and retail goods.
Without an efficient approach to freight, the dynamism and prosperity of our city could suffer, therefore we are developing a draft Last Kilometre Freight Plan t to ensure the central city remains a great place to live and visit.
- What engagement has been undertaken?
In March we asked the community for their ideas, challenges, problems and the opportunities they see when it comes to managing freight in the central city.
Together, with the issues and opportunities already identified, these have informed the development of the draft Last Kilometre Freight Plan.
Once the draft plan has been developed, the City of Melbourne will provide another opportunity for the community to comment before the final plan is prepared.
- What is happening for this stage of consultation?
The consultation builds on our March consultation and is our test to see if our draft Plan reflects the issues and opportunities that were presented to us in March.
This consultation is to hear and understand your thoughts on the draft Plan and help us prioritise our actions moving forward.
- What do other cities do?
Around the world cities have tried many different approaches to managing freight and there is no simple solution to last kilometre freight.
The Case Studies Report (February 2015) highlights examples ranging from consolidation centres to drop-off boxes and out of hours delivery and the draft Plan identifies areas we think should be focussed on for ensuring an efficient freight future for the central city.
- Who is responsible for freight in the central city?
Everyone has a role to play in last kilometre freight delivery. Freight vehicles form part of a complex and diverse inner city transport picture, mixing with people walking, riding bicycles, using public transport and driving.
As the city grows, the last kilometre freight task will get more complicated. Therefore a coordinated effort is needed to manage central city streets and balance sometimes competing requirements.
The task of delivering goods in the city will always be the responsibility of the private sector, it is those running their businesses and receiving and delivering goods that are positioned to make the best decisions for their future, these changes are dependent on all stakeholders being open and willing to change.
The City of Melbourne has a role to play in ensuring last kilometre freight continues to service our central city as we undergo unprecedented growth and change.
City of Melbourne role
- Supporting innovation – To assist businesses in the central city to be aware of last kilometre freight innovations by highlighting best practice case studies and innovative approaches to freight and supporting and encouraging businesses’ efforts to test innovative and efficient freight practices.
- Leadership and advocacy – Supporting and advocating for changes that will increase the efficiency of the last kilometre freight task and enhance the public realm.
- Facilitating collaboration and partnerships – Partnering with and introducing key stakeholders, including community groups, precinct groups, local businesses, industry stakeholders and other government organisations to achieve the best freight outcomes to meet their needs.
- Managing and regulating – Balancing freight needs with the needs of other city users and designing city infrastructure and regulations that are supportive of efficient freight and contribute to lively, convivial and safe streets for all users.
- Researching - Building an evidence base to guide action and decision-making including conducting research and investigating barriers to change.
- Communicating – Ensuring we communicate the right information to businesses at the right time to ensure they possess the knowledge to make the best decisions.
The role of business and receivers of freight
- Generate/find solutions – Building business resilience by identifying the best solutions to freight challenges as early as possible and identifying the information and support required to inform their decision making and to help realise the solutions.
- Innovate – Adapting and responding to change with innovation. Business needs to innovate to ensure the best and most efficient delivery models are servicing their needs and their business costs are being kept down and amenity impacts are minimised.
- Collaborate – Collaborating with like and neighbouring business to assist innovation and identify the best solutions. Share information and experiences with other businesses to assist their ability to innovate.
The role of freight deliverers
- Innovate – Maintaining efficiency and responding to the changing central city and the needs of businesses through innovation will ensure freight delivery companies continue to service our growing central city in the most efficient and reliable means.
- Reducing congestion – Consolidating deliveries and using alternative vehicles and time of day to manage congestion in the central city through smart works procedures.
- Leadership – Leading the way by providing new technologies and innovations to last kilometre freight that will serve our growing city and enhance the liveability and prosperity of Melbourne whilst reducing our environmental impact.
The role of residents
- Support industry innovations – Supporting and encouraging business and delivery companies to innovate to establish new ways to deliver freight in the central city. Being open to and adapting to change.
The role of other agencies
There are multiple stakeholders operating in the central city all managing their assets to achieve the best, safest and most efficient results. The relationship between these agencies will be essential in achieving successful outcomes for last kilometre freight and all of these agencies need to move to the centre of the process to ensure we achieve optimal central city mobility.
The co-ordination and collaborations between these agencies will be critical in ensuring last kilometre freight adapts to the changing central city and that all information required is communicated to the industry to ensure deliverers and receivers of freight are making informed decisions as early as possible.
Other agencies and their responsibilities include:
• VicRoads – traffic light signals and Arterial Roads.
• Public Transport Victoria (PTV) - public transport infrastructure, including tram super stops.
• Melbourne Metro Rail Authority - design and delivery of Melbourne Metro.
• Utility companies - the servicing and management of infrastructure. This includes emergency management response (e.g. burst water mains), but also planned maintenance works.
- How does this affect me?
Last kilometre freight affects everyone. If you receive or generate freight, deliver or sell goods, live in the city or visit the city then you experience freight. We want to hear from everyone, everyone must step into the process and consider how deliveries interact with their lives.