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Road transport advocates call for road maintenance Federal stimulus

  • Posted on Monday 9th, March 2020.

The Federal Government’s economic stimulus can have immediate positive effects if directed towards road maintenance spending on the national highway network as well as state, territory and local roads according to NT Road Transport Association President, Michael Swart.

Infrastructure Australia has identified a number of factors that have created a road maintenance backlog across all jurisdictions which is reported to be jeopardising road safety as well as impacting the road transport industry’s productivity as roads degrade.

National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) CEO, Warren Clark, said now is the perfect time to act.

“Many of our public roads are aging and decrepit having a direct impact on the efficiency of the transport industry on a daily basis," said Clark.

Australia’s publicly owned road network is a strategic asset, vital to our security, lifestyle and livelihoods according to a joint statement from NT Road and NatRoad.

"The road transport industry requires efficient and operational freight corridors to enhance the sustainability of the industry and better serve the community. Directing economic stimulus monies to essential road maintenance is a win for all Australians and will achieve flow on effects to local communities.

"The transport and logistics industry employs more than half a million people and provides delivery of vital goods and services throughout Australia via road transportation. It is important the federal Government has in place effective policies that permit the efficient operation of an industry that plays an important role in every sector of the economy."

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