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  • Local Government Update - Special Edition September 2023

    I am pleased to bring you another special edition of the Local Government Update, following the launch of the NHVR’s local government road managers information hub. The new hub will contribute to our vision of delivering safe, efficient, and productive heavy vehicle movements, by offering a more streamlined experience for operators and local government alike.

    The hub provides a central location on our website, with links to all resources, relevant information, and support for road managers. Built in consultation with local government, the hub will be a great tool for new council staff to assist in their learning about their role as a road manager.

    The hub also benefits existing staff, with new pages focused on key road manager responsibilities, including access permits, conditions and much more. You can read about this in the articles below.

    The hub is part of a larger body of work the NHVR is undertaking to make it easier for road managers to manage routes, permits and road assets – and it is our plan to continue making advancements in the coming months.

    I would like to thank the participants of last month’s first-ever Queensland Road Manager Forum, who indicated the hub would be an efficient tool for new road managers and provide support for them to learn about the role.

    And finally, thank you to local government who worked with our organisation to build the hub. I hope the below articles provide you with an insight, into all the hub encompasses.

    Sal Petroccitto, CEO.

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    The purpose and benefits of the road managers information hub

    As most would be aware, road managers are responsible for consenting to access for restricted access vehicles on the roads and the conditions which they operate. It is important road managers understand their role under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and how to approve access to their road network.

    The recently published information hub is an amalgamation of all the tools the NHVR provides that road managers require, including advice for them in their role.

    Crystal Toth, Team Leader Asset Protection at City of Gold Coast, said the new layout is in a more logical order on the NHVR website, making it easier for road managers like herself to find useful guidelines, resources, and support.

    “I am very impressed with the new road manager information hub,” Ms Toth said.

    “The current resources that are provided for road managers are spread across different platforms.

    “These resources require a central point (hub) to ensure that each road manager can easily navigate and access useful information available to them.

    “The hub provides advice and guidance in their road manager role and so far, we’ve had very positive feedback from road managers that the information is a lot easier to understand and especially helpful for those new to a road manager role.”

    In the ‘Getting Started’ page, new staff can receive guidance, and understand their roles and responsibilities under the HVNL. This new page is a useful starting point when training someone.

    To learn more about the hub, visit: www.nhvr.gov.au/road-access/local-government-road-managers

    If you have any ideas or feedback on further improvements we can make, please complete a short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y3NDWZN

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    Access permits and the benefits of heavy vehicle access on the hub

    Road managers can find the rules and policies that apply to them, in relation to ‘Access permits’, on the new hub. The access permit platform clarifies the role of the NHVR and road managers in processing permit applications.

    Some of the topics it covers are:

    • Identifying and managing risk
    • Restricting permit durations and trips
    • Times to make a decision and applying for an extension.

    Road mangers will also find the ‘Benefits of granting heavy vehicle access’, including better data on who is using their road network. This page contains several videos on short case studies of select councils and the benefits of proactively managing their road networks.

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    The conditions and guidelines for access

    On the new hub, road managers will be able to easily navigate the ‘Conditions’ page, which outlines the conditions that can be applied to permits, pre-approvals, and notices.

    The HVNL allows for the NHVR and road managers to impose conditions on access decisions to allow for the efficient road transport of goods or passengers whilst managing risks around safety, amenity, and infrastructure protection.

    The types of conditions covered are:

    • Vehicle conditions
    • Road conditions
    • Travel conditions
    • Restricting permit durations and trips
    • Standard conditions
    • Prescribed conditions
    • Third party conditions

    Essential to their role as a road manager, the ‘Guidelines’ page outlines the legal requirements and guidelines around granting access. It provides a high-level summary of the key concepts from the Approved Guidelines for Granting Access publication.

    It also covers the different levels of access that can be provided to restricted vehicles.

    Next, the ‘Network access’ page provides information on how access for restricted access vehicles is provided under a notice, pre-approval, or permit.

    The page details the content of notices and how consent is granted. It also includes all the forms and information needed to request route updates or apply pre-approvals.

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    The benefits of the PBS Scheme

    On the hub, road managers will find the Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme page, which provides a summary of key concepts from the PBS - A guide for road managers publication.

    Previously on the NHVR website, all PBS pages focused on the design and application process for operators. This new PBS webpage is specifically tailored towards what PBS means for road managers.

    Some of the topics it covers are:

    • What is the PBS scheme?
    • What are the benefits?
    • What are the different PBS levels?
    • Responding to a PBS access request.
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    Portal and SLGAAP on the hub

    A work in progress, the new ‘Portal’ page highlights the road manager capabilities in the Portal. It will provide an updated summary of the current projects affecting road managers in the Portal and what their status is.

    Next to Portal, sits the ‘Route disruption’ page, which provides information to road managers on managing access to local government roads in the event of a disruption or emergency situation.

    The page provides several scenarios of potential route disruptions and what options are available to road managers to respond to them.

    The Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project (SLGAAP) is an Australian Government funded initiative to optimise heavy vehicle access on the local road networks across Australia.

    The project assists local government road managers to undertake heavy vehicle assessments of on-road assets, such as bridges and culverts. Working collaboratively with engineering consultants and local government road managers, the project supports councils to better understand their asset capability and inform heavy-vehicle access decision-making.

    The ‘SLGAAP’ page has been moved from the ‘About us’ section of the NHVR website to sit directly under the ‘local government road managers’ section of the website as part of centralising all road manager information and projects.

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    Training resources and support for road managers

    The NHVR places a strong focus on education. In line with this, the ‘Training’ page outlines the training resources and support available for road managers.

    Various videos and support tools for road mangers have been gathered across the NHVR website and stored in one central location.

    This page is also a work in progress and will be updated to include times and links to upcoming events, webinars, and Portal training for road managers.

    All previous local government updates are stored and can be found on the ‘Updates’ page.

    Local Government Update - Special Edition September 2023