Poor Roads & the Food Chain

DEBRA JOPSON REGIONAL AFFAIRS Sydney Morning Herald April 7, 2010   COUNCILS from the nation’s richest rural areas have banded together to lobby for more federal funds because the roads which cover the ”first food mile” are often too degraded to ensure that produce will always get from the paddock to the city plate, they say. ”The food chain is as strong as its weakest link and if we don’t improve the funding for that first mile, the whole chain will collapse,” said Max Eastcott, general manager of Gwydir Shire Council which, with its neighbour Moree Plains Shire Council, is setting up a body to argue the case for more infrastructure. Twenty councils voted recently at a Canberra meeting to set up the Australia Wide Rural Road...