Light at the end of per­mit tun­nel

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WESTERN Roads Foun­da­tion CEO Cam Dumesny left his re­cent sum­mit meet­ings in Can­berra con­fi­dent that the end may be in sight to the long-run­ning per­mit fi­as­cos in the east.

“The argument’s straight-for­ward,” Mr Dumesny said.

“They’re spend­ing $70 bil­lion on in­fra­struc­ture fed­er­ally and they can’t move the stuff there. If we can’t move the stuff to sites, they can’t de­liver their projects on time.”

Af­ter pitch­ing so­lu­tions to the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Transport Michael McCor­mack, Mr Dumesny is now hope­ful of an in­de­pen­dent re­view of what the is­sues and so­lu­tions are.

“And it needs to be treated as a sys­tem. It’s not just about the per­mits. You’ve also got to be able to get the war­dens which may be un­der the po­lice,” he said.

“You may need the util­ity com­pa­nies, be­cause you may need to lift power lines.

“They all need to be booked and need to be part of that process. But they’re all cur­rently treated as dis­parate items. So, you may get the per­mit, but you may not be able to get the po­lice for four months.

“When the piece of equip­ment sit­ting on the back of the truck is worth $100,000 a day, it’s an ex­pen­sive propo­si­tion.”

The other big point Mr Dumesny pushed was the need to do some­thing about con­tin­gent li­a­bil­i­ties be­ing threat­ened on op­er­a­tors.

“You’ve got con­tracts im­pos­ing con­tin­gent li­a­bil­i­ties if equip­ment’s not on site by a spec­i­fied time, so we need some­thing to take the pres­sure off them.”


TIME FOR A RE­VIEW: Cam Dumesny (left) had a pro­duc­tive meet­ing with the min­is­ter and ATA chief of staff Bill McKin­ley.

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