TRANSPORT customers, businesses and other organisations are being encouraged to have their say on the future of transport following the release of a discussion paper as part of the process to develop the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan.
Released late last month by Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay, the discussion paper will form the basis of community consultation to take place across the state over the coming months.
The NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan aims to address key transport challenges that face the state over the next 20 years.
"The discussion paper examines key transport issues, challenges and opportunities for Sydney and the regions taking into account the need to support population increases, job creation, economic growth and land use strategies," Ms Berejiklian said.
"We want the community's views and their submissions to help identify the best way to deliver transport services and infrastructure over the next 20 years and we strongly encourage everyone to have their say."
Mr Gay said the submissions process is part of a wide consultation program that includes Transport for NSW forums with key stakeholders in 10 regions and Sydney, regular strategy meetings with advisory groups, one-on-one consultation, an online survey and social media.
"It is very important we understand the priorities of our customers – whether they be commuters, councils, businesses, transport and freight operators – so we can develop a transport system in the best interests of the whole state," Mr Gay said.
A draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan will be released for public comment mid-year, with the final Plan due for completion in November 2012.
Following the release of the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan, Transport for NSW will develop detailed regional transport plans.
The discussion paper and details of the submission process are available from the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan website at <http://www.transportmasterplan.nsw.gov.au/>. Submissions are due by 27 April 2012.