1. General

Unsealed Road Networks

Unsealed roads play an important transport role in terms of:

  • Providing access to rural communities
  • The movement of primary produce to markets
  • The movement within state forests and defence training areas, including fire management
  • Access to forests of fire managament on public lands
  • Haulage roads for the mining and timber industries
  • Recreational, social and tourist pursuits

Poor rural roads (particularly those that are unsealed) can isolate communities, increase fuel consumption, damage vehicles, cause accidents and increase the cost of goods and services (Moore 2000).