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Local government is responsible for providing and maintaining transport infrastructure at the local level, including pedestrian paths, most bicycle paths and approximately 85 per cent of Victoria’s road network.

Councils also perform statutory planning functions which provide an important link between planning and transport, and advocate for communities’ transport needs to other levels of government.

Many councils take on additional responsibilities, including providing community transport services. The Victorian and Australian Governments are responsible for other transport infrastructure and services, and for developing relevant policy and regulations.

Submissions to government inquiries

We represent and advocate on behalf of councils to Victorian and Australian Government inquiries and policy reviews.

Our submissions cover many areas of transport policy and investment including:

  • legislative reform
  • infrastructure planning
  • service delivery
  • funding.

Transport position paper

The Transport Position Paper defines the Victorian local government sector’s vision for transport policy and investment in Victoria, and it identifies a series of council and State Government steps which are necessary to achieve that vision.

The paper includes a discussion of challenges for the state’s transport system, as well as councils’ strategic objectives for transport policy and investment. It also covers:

  • population growth
  • freight
  • climate change
  • transport disadvantage and social exclusion
  • health and liveability
  • peak oil.

The primary audience for the TPP is the Victorian Government. Victoria’s response to its considerable transport challenges will necessarily require a partnership between all levels of government – but must be led by the State Government. Councils want to renew this partnership on the basis of a clear definition of the state’s transport challenges and a pathway forward.

The first edition of the paper was published in 2008. The Transport Position Paper is now published as a living document on the MAV website and will be regularly updated to reflect changing circumstances.

Sustainable transport plan

At the May 2011 State Council meeting, councils endorsed the motion that, ‘the MAV develop a sustainable transport plan to set priorities and funding opportunities.’

Our sustainable transport plan will identify innovative and successful council transport initiatives. We’ll also communicate those successes to our members, assisting the cross-pollination of ideas.

The plan will focus on initiatives in which councils play a significant role including:

  • community transport
  • bike and pedestrian infrastructure
  • road corridor planning
  • metropolitan and regional strategic planning.

A series of case studies will be produced which provide a summary of the initiative and describe key elements that were critical to achieving a successful outcome.

These case studies are being published through our CiVic magazine, available here.

Committees & working groups

We represent local government on a number of transport-related committees and working groups including:

  • Heart Foundation Safe Speed Interest Group
  • TAC Community Road Safety Grants Reference Panel
  • VicRoads Government Reference Group Worksite Safety & Traffic Management
  • VicRoads Speed Limit Advisory Group
  • Victorian Cycling Strategy Reference Group
  • Victorian Ministerial Freight Advisory Council
  • Victorian Pedestrian Advisory Council
  • Victorian Railway Crossing Safety Steering Committee
  • Victorian Road-based Public Transport Advisory Council
  • Victorian Road Freight Advisory Council.