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AFPA demands greater infrastructure spending

A leading regulator has welcomed new research as several industries continue to advocate for further infrastructure spending within Australia.  

The Grattan Institute has called on increased infrastructure spending to the tune of $1 billion on Australia’s roads infrastructure. The researcher has called for increasing federal funding to councils by $600 million per year to assist in the maintenance of critical roads and increasing funding for the Government’s Roads to Recovery program by $400 million per year. 

The Australian Flexible Pavement Association chief executive officer Carlos Rial welcomed the institute’s finding to increase investment nationwide.  

“AfPA and its members are delighted to see research in our sector reaffirm the type of support we have long called for. To prevent massive, costly rebuilds we must take a proactive stance toward our roads,” he said. 

“This will not only prevent road incidents but will also ensure our roads remain resilient to natural accumulative degradation.” 

The latest data from the Australian Local Government Association shows eight per cent of sealed roads and 14 per cent of unsealed roads across Australia are in poor condition, function and capacity.  

Data also showed that councils manage around 680,000km of roads while receiving four per cent of taxation funding to underpin it.  

Rial said the federal government should adopt a ‘fix-it-first’ approach to road maintenance, citing the cost savings associated with maintenance over complete repair or new developments.  

“We remain committed to working alongside all levels of the Australian government to help reshape the way that we as a nation address critical maintenance backlogs,” he said  

“(This will) ensure that our roads, especially those that keep our rural and remote communities connected, are keeping motorists safe.” 

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