Industry group plans to use meeting to brief SA transport minister on the industry’s concerns.
The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) plans to make its concerns loud and clear when it meets with the South Australia’s transport minister this week.
SARTA executive director Steve Shearer will face transport minister Stephen Mullighan on Wednesday to brief him on the industry’s concerns.
Mullighan, who took up the role in March, has so far shown interest in transport issues, Shearer says.
“Thus far the minister has been very approachable, open and clearly prepared to listen and even though we can never expect to get everything we ask for, it is critical that we are able to raise our issues directly and thoroughly with the elected government,” Shearer says.
“This is particularly true when we come up against a brick wall with officials, as we sometimes do, who we think are not listening or are not open to all the arguments.
“Generally they are doing their job of course but sometimes the reality is that some key decisions are made at the political level, taking everything into account, including the differing views of the industry and officials.”
SARTA first met with Mullighan in April to discuss better management of infrastructure planning and technical defects.