Advocacy by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) on behalf of its member councils has helped streamline permits required for crane operations in the Sunshine State.
The new Queensland Class 1 Crane Permit Scheme follows work by LGAQ, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), and the Crane Industry Council Australia.
The changes benefit both Local Government – by protecting vulnerable infrastructure on local roads – and the crane industry because it means crane operators will now have greater access assurance, LGAQ’s Robert Chow said.
“The scheme will also remove administrative burden for local government through a reduction in the need for multiple permits,” the LGAQ Transport and Logistics Lead added.
NHVR Program Director Annette Finch said the changes will increase productivity.
“Previously crane operators in Queensland had to apply for individual radius permits, however under the new scheme operators can apply for the pre-approved network and be issued a singular permit for participating local council roads,” she said.
The NHVR has developed a pre-approved network map to assist with operations, which explains approved roads, restricted structures, and any imposed conditions of access.
See this NHVR link for more details on the Queensland permit scheme and other jurisdictions.