RACQ's top priorities to keep outback Qld moving
The State’s peak motoring body has released its election wish list for outback Queensland ahead of 31 October, putting road safety initiatives and inland road productivity improvements at the top.
RACQ called for a mass action safety program across the State’s road network and urged candidates to commit to funding it before Queenslanders headed to the polls.
RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said with the country in recession, an investment in infrastructure and road safety works solved more than just our economic woes.
“Now more than ever we need a pipeline of projects in the works to stimulate our economy, create jobs, improve regional productivity and ultimately improve the lives of Queenslanders by making our roads safer,” Dr Michael said.
“We want to see a mass action program of low-cost, high benefit safety upgrades across the State to achieve a minimum 30 percent reduction in fatal and serious injuries by 2030.
“We’ve lost too many lives on the State’s roads this year already. Small investments into works like wide centre lines, lane and shoulder widening, central and roadside safety barriers, hazard removal and intersection upgrades go a long way to helping make our roads safer for all Queenslanders.”
Dr Michael said the Club also wanted to see funding for an inland road and freight productivity upgrade program.
“Productivity and flood immunity improvements for rural and remote regional roads need to be accelerated and we need to see more money on the table to do that,” she said.
“From places like the far north, west, south-western Queensland and everywhere in between, a high-quality reliable road network is vital in connecting communities and ensuring freight and other vehicles can move as efficiently and safely as possible.
“Queenslanders need to ensure they’re considering where their political vote goes and whether their candidate is willing to commit to improve Queenslanders’ lives and mobility options.”
To view RACQ’s Priority Transport Projects, please visit: www.racq.com.au/bettertransportQLD