Sep 25, 2008

Money For Local Roads & Improved Saftey for all road users

Money For Local Roads & Improved Saftey for all Road Users

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 25 2008

Today the Australian Parliament passed legislation that will provide councils and shires with resources that will assist them to maintain and improve local roads across Australia.

The successful passage of the AusLink (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill 2008 will allow the Rudd Labor Government to start delivering on our commitment to road safety and local road infrastructure.

The legislation will provide extra road funding to councils and shires as well as facilitate the delivery of our $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.

Specifically, it extends the Roads to Recovery Program for another five years until 2014 and increases its funding from $300 to $350 million per year.

This means that over next five we will provide $1.75 billion directly to local councils and shires to help them fix local transport problems.

Local councils are responsible for more than three quarters of the nation’s roads and this continuation of the Roads to Recovery Program will help local councils to confidently plan for the continued improvements of their road networks.

The legislation will also allow for the construction of rest stops and other truck facilities under the AusLink program.

This important change will make it possible for the Government to deliver its $70 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program upon the successful passage of the Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill (No 2) 2008 and Road Charges Legislation Repeal and Amendment Bill 2008.

Last year in Australia, there were over 200 road deaths involving heavy vehicles, with speed and fatigue significant contributing factors.