Councils seek support for ALGA’s freight plan

The plan aims to help local governments assess key road assets and pinch points to improve infrastructure

Councils seek support for ALGA’s freight plan
The NGA: ALGA's investment plan requires federal investment of $200 million per year for five years.


Local government delegates called for politicians to support the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA’s) freight productivity plan during the ongoing national general assembly (NGA) of local governments in Canberra on Monday.

ALGA’s Local Government Higher Productivity Investment Plan is designed to help support local government assess key local road assets on designated freight routes as well as address pinch points to improve vital infrastructure that limits capacity on designated freight routes. 

The plan, which requires federal investment of $200 million per year for five years, is expected to add an estimated $1.07 billion to the economy, create more than 2000 jobs in local communities over three years and increase national productivity beyond the first three years.

"The initial five-year funding will help the government get more out of the potential of local roads, which are a critical part of Australia’s transport infrastructure and make an important contribution to productivity improvements across the nation," ALGA president Troy Pickard says.

"As the level of government closest to the community, strengthening the development of communities and enhancing their productivity is at local government’s core and we wholly support a focus in this election campaign on improving productivity through investment in road infrastructure.

"However, in the midst of numerous major road project announcements, we cannot talk ‘productivity’ and sidestep the issue of first and last mile access which is an important factor in the productivity equation. 

"Local roads play a key role in addressing the issue of first and last mile access and improving access and connectivity between businesses and local, regional, state, national and international services and markets.

"An improvement in the condition and grade of local road pinch points would see a boost in transport productivity and a national transport network that is fit for purpose and capable of supporting growth and national productivity.

"Programs like Roads to Recovery help with the basic maintenance of our local roads, but more needs to be done to ensure the local road network has the capacity required to provide safe access for all major classes of heavy vehicles and improve heavy vehicle freight movement.

"Additional investment in local roads must be part of the solution to increasing transport productivity on the nation's transport network."

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