Put more cash back into roads: NRMA
IT'S time State and Federal Governments started putting more of the money raised from motorists back into the country's deteriorating road network, NRMA Motoring and Services Director Wendy Machin said in Casino yesterday.
And she wasn't just talking about the Pacific Highway, although she vowed the NRMA would continue to pressure both governments until the highway was dual carriageway from Sydney to Tweed Heads.
Ms Machin, who stopped in Casino and Lismore yesterday on the final leg of her three-day tour of roads north of Sydney, is pushing for more money to be spent on regional and tourist roads like the Summerland Way and the Lismore-to-Bangalow Road.
She said the state of the NSW road network was “going backwards at the rate of knots” particularly after the recent floods and it was imperative for local economies and the nation as a whole that a bigger slice of State and Federal budgets was spent on roads.
The NRMA has just launched a petition calling on the State Government to spend all the money it raises from speed cameras on road safety initiatives including road infrastructure improvements, extra highway patrol resources and road safety education.
Ms Machin said the NRMA hoped to collect 10,000 signatures, so the petition could be debated in State Parliament.
So far, about 1000 people have signed.
“We would also like to see the State Government in its first budget make a big commitment to roads,” Ms Machin said.
“They came to power on a platform of improved infrastructure and now it's time they started delivering on that.”
However, it's not just the State Government in the NRMA's sights.
Ms Machin said the Federal Government currently collected 38 cents a litre in taxes on every litre of fuel sold, but only about 14 cents a litre was spent on roads.
The rest goes into general revenue.
Where do I sign?
THE NRMA petition to put road safety first hopes to collect 10,000 signatures.
Petitions are being distributed to all NRMA offices and are available in Casino at the corner of Richmond and Centre streets, and in Lismore at 21 Conway St, Lismore.
The petition can also be downloaded from the mynrma.com.au website.
For the signatures to be accepted by State Parliament, they need to be hand written and posted back to NRMA, PO Box 1026 Strathfield, NSW, 2135.