Roads focus at ALGA congress

A national study commissioned by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) to examine the condition of community roads and infrastructure was launched at ALGA’s National Local Roads and Transport Congress held in Alice Springs this week.

The National State of the Assets Report 2013 represents the findings from analysis of data provided by 344 councils which manage almost $100 billion of transport assets, including sealed local roads, unsealed local roads and concrete and timber bridges.

The report builds on research commissioned in 2010 which indicated the level of expenditure on local roads would need to increase by an average of $1.2 billion per year to avoid the deterioration of the local road network.

In 2006, a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that the aggregate backlog for investment in infrastructure renewals for all 560 Australian local councils was approximately $14.6 billion with an annual funding gap of $1.1 billion.

Around 280 local government representatives attended the Congress in Alice Springs which began with a welcome session at the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.

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