Road and rail infrastructure
- Australia faces a major maintenance deficit for road and rail infrastructure.
- Maintenance spending is low. In 2013, Australia spent only 15% of transport infrastructure funds on maintenance compared to 25% a decade ago.
- Rail inefficiencies rate higher in Australia than overseas – the cost of moving 1kg of grain by rail is 5 times higher in Australia than Canada.
- Our own #connectqld survey identified 85 roads in regional Queensland as being in poor condition.
Source: Grattan Insitute, Infrastructure Australia via NFF’s Agricultural Transport Infrastructure: A Discussion Paper
This is what drought looks like. Trains stopped, highway blocked as 1400 head of cattle search for feed. They’ve already travelled 3,000ks with nowhere left to go. Full story tonight at 6 on @7NewsCQ #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/BJUTWzCLXC— Rachel Baxter (@RachelBaxter_) November 26, 2019
"We’re trying to produce the highest quality, MSA graded premium beef here for the domestic market, but the transport network from here to Brisbane is absolutely horrid."
Here's how it can be
Smart investment in infrastructure
Governments and industry have worked together to identify and invest in key freight issues in all areas of the state, not just south-east Queensland.
Improved safety and connectivity
Services to regional communities are no longer slowed or cut off due to poor infrastructure. The roads are safer for regional families, and transport costs to business are reduced.