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.