Big job ahead for Queensland Government: RACQ

RACQ has congratulated the Labor Party on returning to Government after winning the State Election, but urged politicians to get to work and deliver the promises made to Queenslanders without delay.

Club Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said RACQ would be holding the Government to account on behalf of the State’s motorists.

“During the election we saw some big-ticket funding commitments from the ALP and we’ll be watching closely to make sure they deliver,” Dr Michael said.

“Labor promised $112 million to match Federal funding for the duplication of the Centenary Bridge, $500 million for the final stage of the M1 upgrade between Daisy Hill and the Logan Motorway and $755 million for Stage One of the Coomera Connector.

“There’s also $200 million on the table for an inland alternative route to the Bruce Highway which will be a game changer for freight, locals and tourists across the State.

“For years we’ve called for funding for these big-ticket projects that will bust congestion and improve road safety. We don’t want the Government to waste a single day in getting started on delivering these improvements for Queenslanders.”

Dr Michael said the Club would also be making sure the Government stuck to its promise of introducing mandatory fuel price reporting.

“We fought hard for the opportunity for drivers to have the information at their fingertips about when and where to fill up, ensuring they could save the most amount of money,” she said.

“Access to real-time fuel price information takes the guess work out of finding the best deal at the bowser and gives the power back to motorists so they can fill up for the cheapest price possible.

“We’ll also be making sure the Government examines the introduction of new rules to make drivers move over and give extra space roadside incidents, as promised.

“We’ve long pushed for these changes and it’s time our roadside crews and emergency workers are protected. If they’re struck by a car they could be seriously injured or worse.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our work with the Government and ensure these plans come to fruition because they’ll go a long way to improving the lives of Queenslanders.”