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The National Local Roads and Transport Policy Agenda 2010-2020

The National Local Roads and Transport Policy Agenda 2010-20 was launched at the National General Assembly of Councils in June to supersede the Local Government Roads and Transport Strategy 2006-2016 which had become dated.

The Agenda has been developed by a subcommittee of the ALGA Board made up of Cr Bruce Miller (Chair), Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis, Cr Sam Alessi and Mayor Troy Pickard. The Agenda reflects the views that have emerged at the annual National Local Roads and Transport Congresses and motions at the National General Assembly on transport and road issues.

A copy of the Agenda has been posted to all councils and is also available from the ALGA website.

The agenda identifies six transport challenges facing Australia over the next ten years as:

  • the population will age and continue to grow, with 36 million people expected to call Australia home by 2050;
  • greater awareness about climate change will increase pressure to reduce emissions by the transport sector;
  • the domestic freight task will increase significantly;
  • increases in the price of oil as a result of supply constraints will place further demands on the system;
  • individuals will expect to maintain the same, if not improved, levels of mobility and access; and
  • Australians in rural and remote areas will expect access to services comparable to that enjoyed by their urban counterparts.

The Agenda addresses these issues and their impact on local government under the following six broad headings:

  • National Planning;
  • Mobility and access in rural and regional Australia;
  • Mobility and access in urban Australia;
  • Road Safety;
  • Freight; and
  • Local Government capability

Under each of these headings there is an identified challenge, objective and action plan for local government.

The Agenda is not prescriptive on every transport issue or issue that may have an impact on transport that may arise during its currency. The Agenda provides a framework that ALGA can use to respond to emerging policies from the Federal Government in the transport field. For example, with the change in Prime Minister, there has been change in emphasis in population policy.

The Agenda identifies the importance to Local Government of its good and strong relationship with the Federal Government and a long history of cooperation that is of mutual benefit to both the Federal and local governments.

Over time the Agenda will continue to evolve and develop.

The issues covered in the agenda will be widely discussed at the National Local Roads and Transport Congress to be held in Bunbury on 13-15 October and the results of those discussions incorporated in future editions of the Agenda.

The National Local Roads and Transport Congress and the National General Assembly of Councils are important opportunities for ALGA to canvass issues with councils. Councils are urged to attend them to have their views heard.