Transport bottlenecks a major peeve
CURRENT transport bottlenecks are impacting on the capacity of small and medium businesses to grow and employ, effectively placing a brake on economic growth, recent research undertaken by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has found.
The research completed by more than 700 businesses showed:
- 48.3% believed that an efficient and reliable transport network was of high or critical importance to the success of their business.
- 54.6% believed that Queensland's public transport was inadequate
- 41.1% believed that Queensland's road network was inadequate
In the lead up to the 2012 Queensland state election, CCIQ President David Goodwin has stressed the importance of all major parties in Queensland committing to a major transport infrastructure agenda designed to improve the availability and capacity of networks in each Queensland region.
This recommendation forms part of CCIQ's Transport Blueprint which was released today.
"Common feedback expressed by Queensland businesses is that transport networks are seriously inadequate in meeting the current needs of the population let alone the needs of the growing population moving forward," Mr Goodwin said.
"Businesses have reported many negative impacts as a result of poor transport networks including increased costs, decreased efficiency and productivity, delayed deliveries, negative impacts on staff retention and decreased customer satisfaction," he said.
The CCIQ Transport Blueprint includes 18 recommendations on how to improve transport infrastructure in Queensland.
One key area of focus is the ability of all levels of Government to fund the many new infrastructure projects required moving forward.
"Investigating alternative funding mechanisms for delivering required transport infrastructure throughout Queensland will be essential to counteract the underinvestment in the state's transport system over the previous decades," Mr Goodwin said.
"This needs to include a focus on increasing private sector participation in transport infrastructure projects in all Queensland regions through reducing current impediments such as excessive red tape and complicated application and tendering processes."
Other key recommendations included in the CCIQ Transport Blueprint include:
- Strengthening Queensland Government policy and regulatory functions to deliver an integrated and streamlined approach to infrastructure development and delivery;
- Consideration of flood proofing during the development or maintenance of a transport network throughout Queensland;
- Enhancing the capacity of key arterials to ensure more reliable access for the movement of freight, access for tourists and enhancing the productivity of business that use these networks;
- Developing and implementing strategies in partnership with industry to reduce the cost to business of using integral transport infrastructure throughout the State.
"Government and industry working together to deliver a world class transport network will reduce the costs of business and the cost of living for consumers, positively impacting on the productivity, profitability and competitiveness of all businesses," Mr Goodwin said.