EDITORIAL: Boosting your recession immunity

By: Chris Smith


The $890 million investment stimulus announced today to the Australian people by our federal government is an effort to get

The $890 million investment stimulus announced today to the Australian people by our federal government is an effort to get the economy moving.

As well as a raft of safety measures for road travellers including fixing up black spots, boom gates and regional roads, the package includes pumping more money into community infrastructure.

The Government will provide an additional $500 million over two years to expand the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program – Strategic Projects, currently allocated a meagre $50 million.

This program funds local government community infrastructure projects such as town halls, libraries, community centres and sport centres.

The obvious question for all the greenies, lefties and busies is will it include pumping up public transport and accessibility options so the people in regional areas have a way of getting to all the new halls, libraries, community centres and sporting venues?

Or will these infrastructure projects be exclusively available to those that have cars?

As interest rates come down, car prices come down and fuel prices come down, suddenly the heat is taken off public transport needs.

Hopefully the ball has started rolling and the first Senate inquiry into public transport will garner support and raise awareness of the need for adequate public transport.

The reality is we will need to constantly ignite the debate over public transport.

The reality is public transport needs to be taken into consideration when it comes to planning our cities and regional centres, when looking at sustainable transport solutions and when considering climate change and congestion busting.

The reality is we, as an industry, need to be steering the direction of stimulus money and compete with farmers, teachers, truckers and other industries to shield and protect our own livelihoods.

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