With more than 70% of Australia's domestic freight being moved on our nation's road network, maximizing access to Australia's road assets will give regional economies the best chance for growth.
Speaking at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Ballarat this week, NHVR Chief Executive, Sal Petroccitto, reinforced the critical role local government plays in Australia’s productivity.
"We recognize that local roads have always been local government assets and the Heavy Vehicle National Law allows councils to make decisions on the use of those assets and set appropriate conditions.
"Access to the 'first and last mile' is critical for heavy vehicle operators and we encourage councils to open up their road network to facilitate economic opportunities.
"By utilizing pre-approvals and gazette notices for agreed routes, councils have the opportunity to make the most efficient use of their resources, allowing them time to focus on more complex applications," he said.
ALGA President, Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard, supports this approach.
"The challenge we face is making sure that local government roads can play their part in meeting the nation's freight needs, and that our communities understand the contribution to the local, regional and national economy."
The NHVR works with more than 400 road managers, utility providers and rail authorities to coordinate heavy vehicle access to local roads.
Mr Petroccitto said the Regulator's focus is on supporting local government to make timely and considered decisions on requests for access.
"Local government through the use of their road networks plays a key role in boosting national productivity," said Mr Petroccitto.
NHVR - Orla Thompson | 07 3309 8605
ALGA - Sharon Akinyi | 0418 415 649