State’s vision for regional transport welcomed

NSW Farmers today welcomed the release of a state freight and ports strategy designed to manage a forecast increase in freight volumes over the next 20 years.

President of NSW Farmers Fiona Simson said the strategy released today by Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay demonstrated a vision for transport in regional areas of NSW - an area which had been overlooked for some time.

She added that the strategy also contained some innovative ideas about funding infrastructure.

“NSW Farmers was consulted on parts of the strategy including grain and livestock freight which informed a draft report released in late 2012,” Ms Simson said.

“We are pleased the report has now progressed to a strategy and that some initial funding has been put on the table to help local councils fix country roads including $1.5m for Forbes Shire Council to improve higher productivity vehicle access to GrainCorp’s Red Bend silos from the Newell Highway and $850,000 for Narromine Shire Council to upgrade local intersections.”

The strategy covers three programs including network efficiency, capacity and sustainability. It also recognises the importance of regional freight which accounts for 65 percent of the total freight task by volume and agricultural freight which accounts for 15 percent by value.

Ms Simson said that overtime, she looked forward to the government committing further funds which would bring the strategy to life and support the future of farmers and the regional communities in which they lived.

Contact: Veneta Chapple

Phone: 0429 990 218

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