The recent launch of the Transport Reform Network (TRN) is a welcome step in elevating public debate over the need for urgent transport reform in Australia, according to Clayton Utz Construction partner Doug Jones.
Doug said he supported the TRN’s call for a national reform process that involves all levels of government in reviewing and improving the way we plan, manage and pay for our transport.
“There are no easy answers to how we best tackle transport infrastructure reform. We need an honest and open public debate on how we as a country are going to increase the available funding for transport infrastructure – across all modes,” Jones said.
“A total intergovernmental review of transport funding and pricing arrangements in Australia and the development of alternative models are good ways to start. We must create sustainable funding sources for transport infrastructure if we are to meet the transport needs of future generations.
“Clayton Utz supports the TRN as an important initiative in encouraging open, focused debate and a co-operative approach to achieving reform across all transport modes, for the benefit of all Australians.”
The TRN has launched a public issues paper to put forward the case for reform and a website to encourage the debate. For more information visit www.transportreform.org, or follow the debate on Twitter @TransportReform.