Motoring Clubs To Meet To Consider AUSLINK Proposal
The State and Territory motoring clubs will meet in Adelaide next week to consider the AUSLINK Green Paper, released today in Sydney by Transport Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson.
The Executive Director of the Australian Automobile Association, Lauchlan McIntosh, said that the AUSLINK proposal was of major significance to the clubs and their 6.4 million motoring members.
“The Australian Automobile Association annual conference will be held in Adelaide next week and will be attended by the Presidents and CEOs of the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and the AANT.
“The AUSLINK proposal seeks to establish a new structure for road and other land-based transport planning and funding across all levels of Government,” Mr. McIntosh said.
“While it is pleasing to note the proposed shift to long-term strategic planning, we do have a number of concerns, including what we see as an over-emphasis on freight at the expense of motorists.
“The Government’s own projections show a growth of 50% in commuter numbers and an increase in urban truck travel of between 60 and 80% by 2020. It is clear from these figures that the current road network will not cope without a substantial injection of funds,” he said.
“Again the Government’s own evidence to the Vaile roads inquiry indicated there is an annual shortfall of 200-300 million dollars on what is needed for the National Highway System (NHS). The Commonwealth will need to address this backlog before consideration is given to transferring even partial funding responsibility to the States.
“AAA and our constituent clubs are keen to work constructively with the Commonwealth, State and Territory and local Government to ensure a positive outcome for all road users from AUSLINK. AUSLINK has the potential to sensibly address Australia’s future land transport needs but, to do so, it must take into account the needs of all roads users, including motorists,” Mr. McIntosh said.