PPPing the Roads

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by John Shaw, former Transit Board Member

In a recent paper Christopher Sheil of the University of NS Wales talked about editors of the Australian Financial Review being “PPPed out”. He went on to say that that it may be a deliberate strategy, by supporters of PPP, to make the topic so complicated and boring that raising public awareness of the implications of PPP will be an uphill struggle.

This paper is only a brief description of how new roads are financed and built now; what PPP (Public Private Partnership) is all about; the pros and cons of PPP; which current roading projects are candidates for PPPing and some proposals.

How are roads built now?

The public sector raises the money either directly from taxes/rates or borrowing, organises the design and construction contracts and operates the road after construction.

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