Safe, reliable and accessible transport services are fundamental for sustainable economies and for communities to access education, health care, employment and social needs. They are a major attractor for people looking to invest in, work and live in regional centres.
The importance of the Southern Inland region is highlighted by the transport infrastructure links our local economies have with significant regional, national and international markets. The region is unique in that it connects Greater Sydney with the ACT and Victoria – the largest population centres and most active business markets in Australia. The Hume Highway/Federal Highway road and relevant rail corridors bring the Southern Inland region into proximity with international airports (Sydney and Canberra) and port facilities (Port Botany, Port of Melbourne and the Port of Eden) providing cost-effective access to national and international markets. This provides the region with a strong comparative advantage.
The focus of RDA Southern Inland will be to work with industry, via the South East Area Transport Stragegy (SEATS) network, and Government partners to attract the required infrastructure investment that can capitalize on this and see the region become a central hub for freight and logistics in south east Australia. Significant projects such as the Barton Highway (linking the ACT/Southern Tablelands with western NSW), the Kings Highway between Queanbeyan and Batemans Bay, and remaining sections of MR92 (Nerriga Road) will be the focus of efforts to improve commercial and private transport linkages around the region.
Other Infrastructure priorities for RDA Southern Inland will include water and sewerage projects in Murrumbateman, Jindabyne and Goulburn to support longer term population growth in these locations.
Transport - Infrastructure & Services Priority Activites and Resources
RDA Southern Inland has coordinated a formal working relationship between the RDAs of Southern Inland, ACT, Far South Coast and Illawarra and SEATS to ensure SEATS is fully supported by the RDAs connection with its communities.
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development - www.infrastructure.gov.au
Roads to Recovery - The objective of Roads to Recovery is to contribute to the Infrastructure Investment Programme through supporting maintenance of the nation’s local road infrastructure asset, which facilitates greater access for Australians and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.
The Black Spot Programme - The Black Spot Programme is part of the commitment to reduce crashes on Australian roads by funding measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations, the programme reduces the risk of crashes.
Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme (HVSPP) - The HVSPP is an Australian Government initiative to improve productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations across Australia, through funding infrastructure projects.
Bridges Renewal Programme (BRP)- The Australian Government has committed $300 million over five years from 2014-15 to the BRP. The objectives of the BRP are to contribute to the productivity of bridges serving local communities, and facilitate higher productivity vehicle access.