Cooma hosts regional forum on major issues

Improving transport networks in South Eastern Australia to foster economic development, implementation of a NSW Livestock Loading Scheme and cross border heavy vehicle issues were some of the key topics discussed by the South East Australian Transport Strategy Inc (SEATS) when it met in Cooma last week.

More than 30 delegates from south-east Victoria and New South Wales including Wollongong, Dandenong, Tumut and Tumbarumba, the ACT and Yass, Goulburn and Crookwell met in Cooma on Thursday and Friday for the quarterly meeting of SEATS.

SEATS aims to stimulate and facilitate investment in transport infrastructure in south eastern New South Wales, eastern Victoria and the ACT Region.

Members of SEATS include local government, regional development organisations, government agencies, regional industry and academics

The meeting was hosted by Cooma-Monaro Shire Council.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro addressed the delegates at a dinner on Thursday night with the NSW Cross Border Commissioner Steve Toms giving a presentation on cross border issues on Friday.

Mr Toms outlined the key transport cross border issues which include road infrastructure, school bus subsidies, pensioner travel concessions, rail infrastructure, vehicle registration, heavy vehicle load limits and heavy vehicle freight routes.

Cooma mayor Dean Lynch welcomed the delegates to the meeting at the Alpine Hotel on Thursday. He said SEATS had been involved in assisting the Cooma Shire in a number of projects over the last few years and appreciated the work done by SEATS.

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