A NEW transport taskforce that aims to develop a plan for Australia's future based on better planning, better land use management and better transport systems was welcomed by Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese at the Bus Industry Confederation Annual Dinner in Canberra last week.
Members of the Moving People 2030 Taskforce include the Australian Local Government Association, the Australian Logistics Council, Australasian Railway Association, Bus Industry Confederation, Cycling Promotion Fund, National Heart Foundation, International Public Transport Association and the Planning Institute of Australia.
The Taskforce will report in October on its vision for an active and productive Australia in 2030, focusing on planning, land use and transport, and a roadmap for governments to achieve this.
Michael Apps, Executive Director of the Bus Industry Confederation, said the Taskforce's goal is to see national non-partisan leadership in keeping Australia the best country in the world to live.
"This taskforce is looking at a whole of system approach to how we build infrastructure, how people are able to move, how we move goods, and how we better integrate our spatial planning systems with good transport systems and services," Mr Apps said.
Dr Lyn Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the National Heart Foundation of Australia, said investment in walking, cycling and public transport is critical in order to get people moving and address the high rates of physical inactivity in Australia.
"By investing in active travel and planning for active communities we can reduce the immense burden of chronic disease, including heart attack and stroke, caused by our sedentary lifestyles," said Dr Roberts.
Mr Albanese said the work of the Taskforce complements the Federal Government's national urban policy, 'Our Cities, Our Future', as it aims to improve public transport and reduce car dependency. He added that his Department was preparing a paper on 'Active Travel'.