Transport Strategy 2019–23

Project Overview

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We are creating a Transport Strategy to determine the standard of the transportation network needed to meet the increasing safety, connectivity and mobility needs of our community. The strategy will define the importance of each road using a star rating to assist us to deliver appropriate standards of service for urban and rural roads. Community feedback is sought on how we prioritise our road infrastructure, maintenance and upgrading.

Our network of Council controlled roads, bridges, footpaths, drains and culverts winds for 1,870km across our region. Our vision for this network is an integrated, fit-for-purpose, sustainable, safe and efficient transportation and movement network for our community, businesses and visitors.

We need to plan for growth to ensure the current and future liveability of our region.

A legacy of land use, settlement patterns and past transport decisions has created a car-dependent community that has resulted in many of the transport infrastructure challenges we are experiencing today. Other challenges include:

  • rate revenue compared to costs 
  • limited public transport
  • vehicle configurations
  • topography and climate
  • traffic volumes
  • drainage
  • large geographical spread
  • fit-for-purpose footpaths and cycle connections
  • reduction in Federal and State funding
  • inconsistent design standards.

A transport strategy will enable us to:

  • work towards equitable service delivery based on the priority of each road
  • plan for and prioritise new roads and road upgrades based on the star rating and desired level of services
  • plan for and prioritise road renewal and maintenance based on a combination of star rating and condition
  • allocate available funds where the need is highest and the greatest benefit is gained.

Star rating

Urban and rural roads will be assigned a star rating considering the following criteria:

  • speed limit 
  • terrain (hilly or flat)
  • traffic count
  • use (domestic, commercial, primary production, heavy vehicle, pedestrian/cyclist, essential services and public transport)
  • availability of alternative access.

Community feedback is sought on how to prioritise the proposed star ratings.

  • Development of star rating categories
  • Development of Draft Transport Strategy 2019–23
  • Community Consultation
  • Consultation with key stakeholder groups on draft strategy
  • Strategy approved by Council
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