On 22 May 2014, the Northern Territory hosted the National Remote and Regional Transport Infrastructure and Services Forum in Alice Springs, attended by 120 industry, government and community representatives from all areas of Australia.
Following the Forum, the Council agreed for the Northern Territory to lead the development of the National Remote and Regional Transport Strategy, in collaboration with the South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and Commonwealth governments. The Strategy will propose specific actions to address issues faced in remote and regional areas in relation to transport infrastructure, services and regulation.
On 22 May 2015, the Council approved the release of the draft Strategy for public consultation. As part of the consultation period, stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the draft Strategy and its proposed actions.
For more information on the Strategy, or to make a submission, please visit the following link: www.transport.nt.gov.au/nrrts. Please note the closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday 31 July 2015 (ACST).
Transport – A Vital Role
The availability and quality of transport infrastructure and services impacts on every part of our society and wellbeing.
Good transport systems provide a platform for improving productivity and driving social and economic growth for all Australians.
Remote and Regional Areas – Supporting all of Australia
The remote and regional area of Australia covers 85 percent of the Australian land mass, however has only 15 percent of the Australian population.
But significantly, this area is responsible for 40 percent of Australia's GDP due to its considerable resource sector and primary industries.
Remote and regional areas face specific transport challenges which do not apply to the highly populated eastern seaboard of Australia – all influenced by vast distances, a small population, climatic extremes, and demanding geography.
It is for this reason that a one size fits all approach to transport regulation and infrastructure and service delivery just doesn't work for the remote and regional areas of Australia.
The Need for a National Strategy
The aim of the National Remote and Regional Transport Strategy is to provide some practical solutions to the issues and challenges faced by transport system providers and users so that this important area of Australia can continue to grow and contribute to Australia's wellbeing.
The Council will discuss the final Strategy and its implementation at its meeting in November 2015.