President

Ron Crump

Hello Everyone
As you may know one of the reasons our Chamber exists is to support our members to grow and sustain their businesses.

Having just returned from a two week adventure (Motor Home) of around 4500 kms down the east coast of New South Wales across the Snowy Highway to Swan Hill and back up the Newell Highway I have reflected on a number of issues. This trip went through three states Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.

New South Wales was fascinating with really excellent highways. How do they achieve this with a budget surplus of just under $4 Billion where the roads in Queensland and Victoria were nowhere even close to the New South Wales standard and where Queensland is carrying a debt of around $80+ Billion? The New South Wales highways carry little litter, are well signposted and have enticing rest areas for the traveller and the commercial trucker.

Along with that there is a fair dinkum approach to road safety. I was breath tested at 8am in the little town of Bega, there is a road patrol around many corners and radars are clearly sign posted. In one instance a roadside camera gave all the warnings and flashing lights that could be seen well in advance.

I interpreted this along with the road design as genuine work on road safety and not revenue raising.

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