Local Government Forum targets growth and efficiency


More than 50 local government representatives from across Queensland and NSW will today identify further local access improvements for heavy vehicles at a forum hosted by the NHVR.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said its inaugural Local Government Heavy Vehicle Access Forum was part of the on-going consultation with councils to provide assistance and guidance in handling the increasing freight task on their local network.

“The forum will also include a dedicated industry session to assist councils to have a better knowledge of heavy vehicle industry needs to make informed decisions when managing their local road network,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“The councils which will be showcased at the forum have really embraced their role under the Heavy Vehicle National Law by delivering expanded access for high productivity vehicles and cranes, efficient internal systems to turn around permits quicker, and infrastructure priorities.

“The NHVR will use these examples to highlight solutions to other councils who can apply similar solutions to their local region to address freight challenges. This will mean identifying priority actions and understanding the benefits of newer high-productivity vehicles to improve freight performance and safety in their local area.

“The key objectives of the forum will be to inform councils about opportunities under the Heavy Vehicle National Law and what the NHVR is doing and has planned to assist them.”

The forum, held at the NHVR’s offices in Brisbane, is being run in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland and Local Government New South Wales.

Mr Petroccitto said the Regulator would use the forum to launch their fourth video, Local government in focus: Pre-approvalsto demonstrate how pre-approved permits can achieve improved access, reduce road transport costs and help make local businesses more competitive.

“Our video series has highlighted examples of local governments who have used the national law to benefit their communities and local businesses,” he said.

This event is the first of this kind to be held at a national level. For further information on the NHVR visit www.nhvr.gov.au