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6 September 1991 ,

GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO RECOMMENDATIONS ON REMOTE TRANSPORT

The Hawke Government has commissioned a major study into the effect on rural Australia of a change to road use charging arrangements.

The study, which is a direct result of the Government's rural and remote transport conference in Alice Springs this year, will be undertaken by the Bureau of Transport and Communications Economics and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Warren Snowdon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for - Transport and Communications, said that the study was just one of the outcomes of the Transport in Rural and Remote Australia conference held in March.

Mr Snowdon released a package of Government responses to the 24 recommendations which arose from the conference.

1 The conference recommended that governments be encouraged to consult with each other in the preparation of transport strategies and to coordinate policy formation with particular reference to transport services for remote and

rural Australia.

1 One of the outcomes of the July Special Premiers' Conference was a delineation of government road responsibilities. It was agreed that the Federal Government should concentrate on roads of national significance and that local road funding be untied.

'This was a recognition that it is local governments that are best placed to determine investment priorities at the local level.'

Mr Snowdon pointed out that Federal Government land . transport assistance will amount to $1,672.6 million in 1991-92 with over two-thirds spent in rural areas.

'The conference also recommended that a national body be established to pursue uniformity in technical and operating regulations for heavy vehicles. And of course one of the . . major decisions at the Special Premiers' Conference was to establish a National Road Transport Commission.

'The Transport in Rural and Remote Australia conference was an opportunity for Australians in rural and remote areas to have their say. These responses to the conference's recommendations indicate that the Federal Government was

listening.'

Media contact: Mandy Taylor (089) 52 5244 Bill Pritchard (06) 277 4877

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