CQ can’t afford to be forgotten in State Budget

11 May 2018 The State’s peak motoring body has called on the Palaszczuk Government to prioritise vital road safety upgrades in Central Queensland ahead of its Budget 2018 release.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Dr Rebecca Michael said infrastructure spending was at record lows in Queensland and it was time the State Government acted, particularly in the Rockhampton and Gladstone areas.

“Queensland Budget funding for transport and roads has dropped to its lowest level in a more than a decade,” Dr Michael said.

“Safer roads lead to fewer crashes and better outcomes. Central Queenslanders deserve to have good quality roads and a transport system that also supports industry and the local economy.”

Dr Michael said RACQ wanted to see commitments to mass action safety programs on the Capricorn and Gregory Highways with improvements including:

  • Lane and road shoulder widening and wide centre line treatments
  • Safety barriers or removal of roadside hazards
  • Intersection safety improvements and additional overtaking lanes.

Dr Michael said RACQ also wanted the State Government to fast track the delivery of stage two of the Rockhampton Northern Access upgrade.

“We must have a road system that works for all Queenslanders and it’s important the central region isn’t forgotten.”