Transport connectivity is a key driver of economic and social wellbeing and incorporates two key areas that need addressing; freight and public transport.
Some of the issues for freight transport in the region include;
The former Riverina and Murray Regional Organisation of Councils (RAMROC) developed a Regional Freight Transport Plan detailing a long list of road constraints and necessary freight infrastructure projects. This Plan needs to be further developed and to identify investment priorities.
Consideration should also be given to by-pass requirements and ongoing costs.
Public transport issues are diverse across our RAMJO area. Some communities have a complete lack of public transport while others have varying degrees of access and issues with schedule connections. A regional public transport strategy would specifically address the needs of our ageing population, young people, people with disabilities, backpacker/ itinerant workers, those on low incomes and visitors. It would seek to improve connections between our towns and villages as well as to capital cities and consider technology and innovative service models.
RAMJO will achieve: