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Regional Freight Study

Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI), together with the 13 Local Councils in the Northern Inland, have engaged consultants to develop a much needed Regional Freight Study for the region.

After consultation with the mayors and general managers of all 13 Local Government Areas that make up the Northern Inland, it was quickly made clear that the state of rural and regional roads needed urgent attention. ‘The Northern Inland contains some of the wealthiest and most productive agricultural land in the country yet we are relying on sub-standard roads to get our products to market’ said RDANI Chair, Mr Mal Peters. RDANI and the 13 councils have joined forces and pooled funds to undertake a comprehensive study on the current state of the road infrastructure in the region.

PEECE Pty Ltd has been chosen to undertake the study and the experience they have in transport and particularly rural and regional roads is second to none. The study will look at both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects and will focus on identifying deficits that are constraining freight movement efficiency and supportive industry investment in the Northern Inland.

PEECE Pty Ltd will consult Councils to identify individual needs at a Council level and will also liaise with key stakeholders across the region to determine the main issues that are being faced by various industries in the Northern Inland.

Mr Peters has said, ‘This study is the first step towards getting the state of our roads up to the standards that are enjoyed by our city cousins. Working with all 13 Councils in the Northern Inland will also give us a much larger voice so that the projects that get identified in the study have a better chance of being undertaken.’

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