by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
New national campaign to drive transport reform A ustralia’s urban congestion and transport infrastructure backlog won’t be solved unless the community demands fundamental reform to the way we plan, manage, finance and fund our land transport networks and services. That’s the key message behind a new national campaign involving more than 30 groups and organisations, launched in Sydney recently. The Transport Reform Network (TRN) wants to galvanise community support for a national reform process that involves all levels of government in reviewing and improving the way we plan, manage and pay for our transpor t. The TRN has launched a public issues paper to put the case for reform, and a website – www.transportreform.org – to encourage the debate. “The reality is there is no easy solution. Our governments are faced with significant funding challenges and difficult choices,” said TRN Chair man, Dennis Cliche. “It’s time we had an open, honest conversation in the community. We need to get informed, ask questions and consider all the options. Unless things change, we’re looking at worsening congestion, lower productivity and standards of living, and poorer environmental outcomes” he said. Mr Cliche said the TRN website would be a ‘go to’ resource for the latest news, reports and studies from here and overseas on transport reform, as well as a blog site for individuals to express their views. “A lot of credible work has been done, both here and overseas, by governments, academics and the private sector on alternative models for financing and funding transport. What’s missing is a public forum where those ideas can be discussed and tested,” he said. “That’s what we want to provide. We urge everyone to have their say at the TRN website, or by writing or emailing their local member, state premier or the Prime Minister. Let them know we deserve better.” To join the conversation on transpor t reform, go to www.transportreform.org, or follow the debate on Twitter @TransportReform. Wherehave wegone wrong? Theplanning,fundingandmanagement oftransportin Australiatodayislargely anaccidentofhistory. It’sessentiallyaproductofcompeting tensionsbetween(and oftenwithin)the threetiersofgovernment.Theendresult isthatthereislittlefairnessor transparencyinthewaydifferent transportusersarechargedandfunding is allocated. Alongtheway,we'vealsorunupa huge backlogoftransportinfrastructure projects-waybeyondthecapacityof governments to fund. Thebottomlineisthis:thewaywe currentlyfinanceandpayforour infrastructuresolutionsclearlyisn’t providingthetransportoutcomeswe wantorexpect. RunningonEmptyThecasefortransportreform2 Fuel tax: show me the money.... Mostofusthinkwe‘pay’forourroadsoutofthefueltaxcollectedbythe FederalGovernment,togetherwiththevehicleregistrationfeesand charges leviedbystateand territorygovernments. Therealityisthatmuchofthetaxcollected atthebowsergoesinto consolidatedrevenueratherthanroads.* Allthewhilewehaveanenormoustransportinfrastructurebacklog -notjust roads,butalsorail-thatcontinuesto growthroughlackoffunding. * AccordingtotheNRMA , onlyha l fthemoneyra i sedbyfue l exc i se since2008-09hasbeen spenton nat i ona l road pro j ect s ,l eav i ng$27b i ll i onthathasbeenred i str i b uted thro ugh ge neral r ev enue . Wedon’thave the money tobuild and maintain our transport infrastructure. Everystateandterritory,evermajorcity, hasalonglistofessentialtransport infrastructureprojectswaitingto bebuilt. TheJune2012InfrastructureAustralia reporttoCOAGlistedsome$75billionof road,rail,freightandportprojects waitingtobebuilt. That’sjustthetipoftheiceberg.Wealso haveagrowingandincreasinglyurgent need toreinvestin ourexistingtransport infrastructure. Thefactis,inthe currentfiscalclimate governmentsaren’tpreparedtogointo debtto buildandrenewinfrastructure. Thedevelopmentofnew financing models to attract privateinvestorswillno doubthelpgetsome projectsofftheground;but thefundamentalquestions remain–whopaysand how? Thereis littleconsistency or rationalityinhow we, as users , payfor our transport choices. Whetherwewalk,cycle,drive,catcha train orrideabus,wearegenerallyusing someformoftransportinfrastructure– beitthefootpathorroadunderourfeet, orthetracksonwhichourtrainsand tramsrun. Asusers,wepayto accesstransport infrastructureandservices–either directlythrough tollsandchargesor indirectlyviataxes(orboth). Yetoften asnot,whatwe‘pay’haslittle correlationto thetruecostofproviding andmaintainingtheinfrastructureand/or transportservicesweuse. Mostofushavenoideawhatthattrue costis.Ifwedid,howwoulditinformour choicesaboutwhatmodeoftransportwe used,andwhenweusedit? RunningonEmptyThecasefortransportreform3 Atcurrentlevels ofinvestment , r ail ’ scapacityto movepeopleandfreightwillbeseverely c omp romis ed . Alrea dy , many lines in Sy dney ’ s passengernetworkareat130%ofcapacity . THE CASE FORGENUINETRANSPORTREFORM Running on empty The case for transport reform October / November 2012 21 Life on the move Life on the move Looking for a new car? Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions. Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most less than 3 years old and 60,000 km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) 6829 ract.com.au | 13 27 22 Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park p21_pi ckl es_3r d_hor . pdf Page 1 5/ 07/ 12, 1: 38 PM
Aug Sep 2012
Dec 2012 Jan 2013