Wide Bay-Burnett 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 Wide Bay-Burnett 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 Wide Bay region.

“Safer roads lead to reduced crashes and better outcomes. Wide Bay 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 Burnett and D’Aguilar Highways with improvements including:

  • Flood mitigation improvements to provide a suitable inland alternative to the Bruce Highway
  • Road widening and wide centre line treatments
  • Safety barriers or removal of roadside hazards
  • Intersection improvements and additional overtaking lanes/opportunities.

Dr Michael said developments already in the pipeline must be progressed and further improvements should be included in the upcoming Budget.

“It’s positive to see Federal Government investment confirmed to accelerate the delivery of Stage D of the Cooroy to Curra stretch of the Bruce Highway and to ensure the work already committed by the State Government can be fast-tracked,” she said.

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