Submission to the Senate Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee.
Local roads constitute 75 per cent of the nation’s roads by length. Most road freight journeys start or finish on a local road and the freight industry has consistently nominated first and last mile issues on local roads as a major impediment to a more efficient national freight system. For Local Government, efficient infrastructure – particularly roads, rail (for bulk products such as grain) and airports – is vital to ensure the sustainability of our cities and regional and rural areas which enables them to maintain their significant contribution to the Australian economy.
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