Sustainability/productivity focus at 2022 Roads Congress

The sustainability, resilience, productivity, and safety of roads and transport infrastructure will be a major focus of ALGA’s 2022 National Local Roads Congress.

The growing incidence of extreme weather events in Australia has significant implications for the sustainability of council road and other infrastructure assets, which the 2021 State of the Assets Report valued at $467 billion.

As councils recover from natural disaster like flooding and bushfires, it is imperative that infrastructure that is replaced or repaired is more resilient to the impacts of similar events in the future.

Councils also play a vital role in fostering regional and national productivity by providing access to local roads to higher productivity freight movement, and this will be another focus of the Congress given local government’s limited resources.

As well, the Congress will canvass practical solutions that councils can apply now to help them reduce the road toll on roads they manage.

Delegates will be hearing from federal Ministers, shadow Ministers, and representatives from all three tiers of government on the three themes of improving road safety, sustainability and resilience, and productivity.

There will be around 20 sessions in total, an exhibition with sponsor booths, a technical tour, and a social tour.

Click here to register for the event, which will be held at Hobart’s Wrest Point Casino on 2-3 November.