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Report on rural transport conference released

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8 July 1991


A report from a conference examining transport issues in rural and remote areas has recommended immediate research into the impact of proposed road user charges on rural


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Communications and Territory MHR, Warren Snowdon, today released the report on the Transport in Rural and Remote Australia conference held in Alice Springs earlier this year. .

Mr Snowdon said the report contained 24 recommendations based on views expressed at the conference about transport issues affecting people in the bush.

As well as research into the impact of road user charges, the report recommended that:

. A national body be set up in an effort to reduce the total amount of regulation covering the transport industry;

. a comprehensive data base of existing transport infrastructure in rural and remote areas be established;

. a ready reference manual detailing transport regulations be prepared for industry use. .

1 The Government will give the recommendations close and prompt attention', Mr Snowdon said.

'There will be a Federal Government response to each recommendation by the end of August.

'Discussions with the Minister for Land Transport, Bob Brown, and the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Simon Crean, have already taken place.

'Some of the recommendations of course relate to state governments and I am in the process of liaising with the appropriate authorities'.

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The report from the conference was prepared under the guidance of conference facilitator, Richard Wharton, executive director of the Queensland Department of Transport.

Mr Snowdon said the Alice Springs conference was organised to allow Australians living in rural and remote areas to air their views directly to governments.

'The conference and the resulting report are an important part of the Government's commitment to consult with rural and remote Australians on transport issues', he said.

Mr Snowdon congratulated all those involved in the conference.

'I believe the conference was an outstanding success and that this report will have a lasting impact on the development of transport policy in Australia'.

Media contact: Mandy Taylor (089) 52 5244