12 November 2020 - Tasmania’s road network will be safer and more sustainable as a result of the record level of infrastructure investment included in today’s Tasmanian State Budget according to Roads Australia (RA), the peak body for roads within an integrated transport system.
“Investment in transport infrastructure is vital to support post-COVID economic recovery and it is pleasing to see the Tasmanian Government has recognised that in this Budget,” said RA President Michael Bushby.
“RA especially welcomes the record $2.4 billion investment in road and bridge infrastructure, particularly the $1 billion allocated over the next two years to enhance the safety and capacity of road and bridge infrastructure.
“Enhancing the safety of land transport is a core strategic focus for RA. Investing in key pieces of Tasmania’s road infrastructure such as the Sorell and Midway Point Causeways, the new Bridgewater Bridge, and upgrades for the Midland, West Tamar and Bass Highways play a vital role in creating a safer and more efficient environment for passenger and freight transport across the state.
“RA encourages the Tasmanian Government to work closely with industry in the planning and delivery of these projects.
“As economies recover from the impact of the COVID pandemic, it is more important than ever for industry and governments to work together and ensure projects are delivered in a way that maximises benefits to the community and enables industry to get the best use of its capital and people. The recommendations contained in RA’s recent Procurement Reform Report set out ways these collaborative efforts can be enhanced.
“RA also applauds the Budget’s announcement of a target for electric vehicles, with the Tasmanian Government committing to have 100 per cent of its fleet transitioned to electric vehicles (EV) by 2030.
“As noted during a recent RA webinar focused on electric vehicles, Australia still has some way to go to catch up to the rest of the world in the transition to EVs.
“By committing to transition its own fleet by 2030 and investing in charging network infrastructure, the Tasmanian Government is helping to provide the community with greater confidence about EV technology that will be central to increased uptake.