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Roads Australia Insider - July 31, 2019


Government and industry partnering for heavy vehicle on-road trial

A partnership between government and the heavy vehicle industry has moved into full swing this month with the first in a series of on-road trials designed to test potential HV road-user charging options.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack says that while no decisions have been made to change the way heavy vehicle charges are currently collected, the first stage of the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot will provide a way to test potential alternatives, well ahead of any decisions being taken.

“The heavy vehicle on-road trials will be delivered as part of broader Heavy Vehicle Road Reform, which is about creating stronger links between road usage, charges and services for road users,” Mr McCormack said.

“In progressing this reform, the Australian Government will retain a focus on making sure regional roads get a fair share of investment. I encourage operators of all sizes across the sector, particularly those from regional areas to be involved in the trials.”

The initial Small Scale On-Road Trial will not involve payment of charges and will assess an alternative form of heavy vehicle charging using mock invoices generated by on-board technology that measures the distance travelled by heavy vehicles. The trial will involve partnerships with up to 11 heavy vehicle operators of various sizes, totalling up to 111 vehicles.

Planning is also underway for a Large Scale On-Road Trial, the next stage of the National Pilot which will take place during 2020. Up to 100 businesses and 1,000 heavy vehicles are expected to be involved in this trial. It will not involve payment of charges and will test a wider range of alternative charging approaches.

Stakeholder engagement will continue during evaluation of the Small Scale On-Road Trial and planning for the Large Scale On-Road Trial. 

A recruitment campaign for the Large Scale On-Road Trial will begin over the coming months.

Qld SIP underlines strong public-private pipeline

The Queensland Government has released its State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) 2019 Update, which includes 160 infrastructure proposals in the planning phase.

According to the Government, the next four years will see a $49.5 billion infrastructure investment across Queensland, including $12.9 billion over the next 12 months.

The latest SIP update includes 67 new projects. Forty proposals have moved from planning into delivery since 2018 and will be delivered in the next four years.

The Government is boasting that its $147 billion public and private infrastructure pipeline is now the second largest in Australia, as reported in the March 2019 Deloitte Access Economics Investment Monitor.

New report captures Sydney's progress towards 'three city metropolis'

The Greater Sydney Commission has unveiled a new report and online dashboard that brings together data from across government to track the evolution towards a metropolis of three cities.

The Pulse of Greater Sydney brings together data from a range of government agencies to measure progress on implementation of the Greater Sydney Region Plan and the five District Plans through four key indicators:

  • Access to jobs, education and housing
  • 30-minute cities
  • Walkable places, and
  • Addressing urban heat

Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull AO says it's the first time a metropolitan plan for Greater Sydney will be measured using performance indicators that bring the plan to life. 

"Drawing on data from across government will enable the people of Greater Sydney to see and understand the changes taking place and hold those of us delivering the vision accountable for making progress," she says.

“The four indicators were developed in consultation with the Commission’s 100-member Citizens Panel, local councils, peak groups and industry representatives, together with State agencies, to best reflect the measures that people most value.

"This first edition of The Pulse of Greater Sydney provides an important baseline for future reporting of trends as the metropolis evolves. It has been designed to allow data to be analysed at region, district and local government area levels and responsive to the changing needs of what the people of Greater Sydney want us to track and measure.” 

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