AusLink Timetable Needed


Federal Government road and rail funding under AusLink should not be delayed, the Executive Director of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA),Lauchlan McIntoshsaid today.


Mr McIntosh said that a meeting of all motoring clubs inCanberrathis week had agreed that cooperation between all levels of Government was essential to ensure that all funds promised were spent.


The AAA called for a timetable for the completion of proposed roadworks in the AusLink plan before the May Budget.


Five people die and 60 are seriously injured on Australian roads every day and as the AusLink White Paper says “improving the safety of roads could account for almost half of the target reduction in the fatality rate”.


The road improvements in the AusLink plan, while vital for national productivity improvements, are urgently required to ensure that unnecessary death and injury from road crashes does not occur.


Mr McIntosh welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson of agreement between the Federal, the Victorian and the South Australian Governments on aspects of AusLink.


Mr McIntosh said Mr Anderson’s statement; "We are indeed providing a lot of resources over the next five years - the equivalent in today's money of twoSnowyMountainsschemes", demonstrated the size of the AusLink work program, and highlighted the need for cooperation between all levels of Government if it is to be successful.


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