QTA calls for Govt in­fras­truc­ture and agility

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THE Queens­land Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has fired the first shot in the up­com­ing Queens­land state elec­tions re­veal­ing their ma­jor in­fras­truc­ture and pol­icy pri­or­i­ties for the in­dus­try at the An­nual awards night ear­lier this month.

“Tonight I have the op­por­tu­nity to speak di­rectly to politicians and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives who are with us, with the state elec­tion loom­ing it is the op­por­tu­nity I dare not pass up,” QTA pres­i­dent Julie Rus­sell told the crowd dur­ing her ad­dress.

The au­di­ence in­cluded Min­is­ter for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bai­ley MP, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Trans­port and Main Roads Andrew Pow­ell MP and mem­bers of the ATA, WARTA, NTRTA and NHVR.

“When you look at the spread of the pop­u­la­tion, 55% of us live in four cities around Aus­tralia,” Ms Rus­sell said.

“Aus­tralia is an ex­port na­tion – the road freight net­works within states, across states and to our ship­ping ports re­main a fo­cus for en­sur­ing the ef­fi­cient dis­tri­bu­tion of goods.”

Ms Rus­sell ex­plained ef­fi­ciency in road freight wasn’t a lux­ury, it is an im­per­a­tive for the na­tion, with the trans­port sec­tor con­tribut­ing close to 9% of Aus­tralia’s GDP.

“This is a statis­tic we be­lieve war­rants our pri­or­ity in the in­fras­truc­ture in­vest­ment that is nec­es­sary to give us a com­par­a­tive ad­van­tage in mov­ing freight,” she said.

Ms Rus­sell went on to high­light the as­so­ci­a­tion’s key road freight pri­or­i­ties mov­ing for­ward.

“In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the state elec­tion we are seek­ing more fo­cus af­forded to be awarded to the freight task by, match­ing freight routes to the best ve­hi­cle com­bi­na­tions avail­able,” she said.

“We want Queens­land to ad­vance.

“And to do so we seek road ac­cess and plan­ning to al­low for and em­brace more ef­fi­cient ve­hi­cle com­bi­na­tions on our roads.”

This in­cluded bring­ing for­ward bridge in­vest­ment to un­lock that po­ten­tial ef­fi­ciency.

The sec­ond point high­lighted by the as­so­ci­a­tion was the need for greater agility in the adop­tion of in­no­va­tion, safety and ef­fi­ciency mea­sures.

“In other words what we are ask­ing for are more yes’s and in a faster time rate,” Ms Rus­sell said.

Fi­nally the in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion is also seek­ing a fair charg­ing regime that ac­knowl­edges the ever grow­ing use of toll roads.

“There must be a con­sid­er­a­tion of the costs that th­ese roads im­pose on our com­mu­nity,” Ms Rus­sell said.

“We want to en­sure fair charg­ing regime for Toowoomba range cross­ing.”

The QTA said they will con­tinue to fo­cus on cre­at­ing pos­i­tive out­comes and pro­duc­tiv­ity gains for both our in­dus­try and our state and re­main ap­pre­cia­tive of the con­sid­er­a­tion and en­gage­ment of­fered by state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

PHOTO: KIRSTIN PAYNE

QTA CEO Gary Ma­hon and pres­i­dent Julie Rus­sell.

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