Light at the end of permit tunnel
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.