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Council cooperation crucial to managing growing freight task

Breaking down barriers for the local freight task was the focus of the most recent Local Government Heavy Vehicle Access Forum on March 7 at the Forbes Town Hall, according to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said the Forbes Forum allowed local operators, the Regulator and local governments to directly tackle heavy vehicle and freight challenges they experience every day and to identify innovative solutions.

“We want both operators and local governments to have an in depth understanding of the heavy vehicle regulatory environment in which they operate,” Petroccitto said.

“The NHVR aims to safely maximise road access in order for operators to efficiently carry out the freight task while minimising infrastructure impact for the wider community.

“With the highest proportion of freight tonnes per kilometre originating in New South Wales, and with Australia’s domestic freight task expected to double by 2030 and then triple by 2050, it is vital we have the right mechanisms in place.”

Some of the councils that attended include Forbes, Walgett, Hay, Walcha, Parkes, Bega, Dubbo, Lachlan, Cabonne, Coolamon, Orange, Cowra, Temora and Moree Shire Plains.

Forbes Shire Council Mayor, Cr Graeme Miller, said the event was an excellent opportunity for neighbouring councils to see firsthand what has been accomplished in other New South Wales’ councils like Walcha Council and Moree Plains Shire Council.

“The ability to learn and prosper off one another is vital for a successful freight economy across the state and the country. We look forward to vibrant discussions and tackling real issues,” Miller said.

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