Assessment project presents opportunity for local government productivity

21-09-2020
Strategic Local Government Assessment Project (SLGAAP)

The NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Assessment Project (SLGAAP) provides a significant opportunity for local governments across Australia to support heavy vehicle productivity.

The pilot phase of the project is well underway with 100 bridges and culverts across 12 councils now being assessed by engineers and nominations are now open for Round 1 asset assessments. 

One of the councils already benefiting is Toowoomba Regional Council, recently visited by NHVR Chief Regulatory Policy and Standards Officer Don Hogben.

“This project is about working with local governments and industry to identify bridges and culverts that need engineering assessments to improve access for heavy vehicles,” Mr Hogben said.

“Looking at how we can use these assets better can provide big productivity benefits for the local economy, while minimising the impact on local residents.

“There is an interactive mapping tool for industry to tell us about any bridges and culverts on heavy vehicle routes that currently may have restricted access.”

Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Committee Chair Councillor Carol Taylor highlighted the impact of the project for her council.

“From agriculture to construction, the Toowoomba Region has a significant freight need at the heart of our local economy,” she said.

“With the recent opening of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, it’s timely to look at the best way we can use our assets and roads.

“Through working with the NHVR we’ve been able to access support and expertise that would normally be out of our reach.”

For more information on the NHVR’s Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project, contact the project team on roadassetproject@nhvr.gov.au or call 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487).

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