Mackay can’t afford to miss out 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 Mackay ahead of its Budget 2018 release.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said infrastructure spending was at its lowest level in more than a decade in Queensland and it was time the State Government acted, particularly in the Mackay/Whitsunday region.

“Safer roads lead to reduced crashes and better outcomes. Mackay and Whitsunday locals deserve to have good quality roads and a transport system that also drives productivity and enables economic growth,” Dr Michael said.

Dr Michael said RACQ wanted to see commitments to mass action safety programs on the Peak Downs Highway and Gregory Developmental Road with improvements including:

  • Flood mitigation improvements to provide a suitable inland alternative to the Bruce Highway
  • Lane and shoulder widening
  • Safety barriers or removal of roadside hazards
  • Intersection improvements and additional overtaking lanes.

Dr Michael said RACQ also wanted the State Government to duplicate the Sarina to Mackay section of the Bruce Highway.

“These are vital upgrades needed to improve safety, capacity and provide greater flood immunity,” she said.

“Ultimately we must have a road system that works for all Queenslanders and the Mackay/Whitsunday region can’t afford to be forgotten.”