Congress showcases electric trucks & recycled tyres

  • See Australia’s first electric tipper truck, used by City of Yarra Council
  • Experts to outline latest trends in road safety, bridges and traffic innovations
  • National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Hahndorf, SA, starts Monday 18th

Local council representatives from across Australia will gather in the Adelaide Hills from Monday 18 November to discuss the latest developments in roads and transportation including electric trucks and recycled tyres for road surfaces.

Up to 250 local government representatives are expected in Hahndorf for the National Local Roads and Transport Congress, which is organized by the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), the peak body for Australia’s 537 local councils, and hosted by Mt Barker District Council.

“We’re excited that some of the technologies that local councils will be able to use to improve the way they service their local communities will be showcased this week in my home state of South Australia,” ALGA President, Mayor David O’Loughlin said.

“Experts from a Victorian electric vehicle technology company, will join their local council counterparts to discuss how adapting to changes in transportation will benefit local communities.

“Councils are also leading the creation of Australia’s circular economy – where materials are reused, rather than just recycled. A panel session will discuss a project involving crumbed rubber tyres used in a road resurfacing project in Melbourne’s east, and other locations.

“Delegates will also share how their councils stretch their dollars, because although councils are responsible for three-quarters of Australia’s roads, they do it with only 3.6 percent of the tax take, and this is clearly unsustainable.”

The Congress program includes addresses by the Hon. Mark Coulton MP, the Minister for Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government, and the Hon. Catherine King MP, the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. Others include representatives from automotive technology company SEA Electric, Tyre Stewardship Australia, and industrial giant Downer.

Media are invited to attend and can film the electric tipper truck in action.

Available for interview:
Mayor David O’Loughlin, President, Australian Local Government Association

Media enquiries:
Paris Lord, Director Public Affairs, Australian Local Government Association, 0418 415 649