Better funding of road infrastructure by ensuring all road taxes and registration revenue is put back into roads

Currently this does not happen.  Registration revenues outpace inflation and while there has been good work by successive governments to improve our road network, most of that work has been in the outer urban fringe.  ACA supports directing a fairer share of revenues to road projects in country areas for the benefit of the broader Victorian community.

More investment in the NBN and mobile phone “black spots” with particular emphasis on remote and vulnerable rural areas

A reliable Victorian rail network, including the expansion of and, protection of rural rail assets and passenger services.

ACA supports the introduction of short term passes for people unfamiliar or uninterested in using Myki. Why should they buy a plastic card they might never use again in addition to the fare? We would support any upgrading of rail with a much longer investment horizon than currently exists.  Rail tracks are upgraded over generations so that is the time horizon we are interested in.

There are more urgent needs to provide rail infrastructure and passenger services to urban and regional areas, namely Cobram, Mernda, Mildura, Healesville and Leongatha.

We would oppose any decommissioning of regional rail infrastructure or sale of land used for rail without parliamentary oversight.

We support open more assistance for small business with current access arrangements (called “third party access”) to promote competition for, and access to freight services.  This will enable more small business to contract for freight capacity to help move their produce and source inputs for their business.

We would also support programs to encourage historical societies and community groups to manage rail lines that have been closed for more than 5 years.

More investment in the NBN and mobile phone “black spots” with particular emphasis on remote and vulnerable rural areas

Claims by our telecommunications companies that mobile coverage is extended to most of the population are seriously misleading as the vast majority of Australia’s population live in our coastal capitals.  While the majority of our urban population may have coverage the reality is that there are over 6000 known coverage “black spots throughout the country, the majority of these in regional Australia. The situation has been made worse by the delays in the NBN roll-out and today many regional communities have sub-standard or no mobile ‘phone or internet.  This situation has significant human safety implications and is clearly unacceptable.

We will continue to push for increased investment in both these areas and in particular for an extension of state government co-funding programs to facilitate the provision of services smaller and remote regional communities.