RACQ gives tick to vital Qld road funding

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed news the Federal Government had secretly committed billions of dollars to a number of vital Queensland road projects.

Courier Mail revealed, before the May Budget, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had personally ticked off on $7.6 billion in roads and rail funding for projects aimed at saving marginal seats across the country as part of his re-election blueprint.

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The list of 10 secretly-approved projects included Rockhampton Ring Road, Mackay Ring Road stage 2, Cairns Southern Access stages, and Linkfield Road overpass at Carseldine, and the Federal Government had reportedly planned on announcing these in the lead-up to the next election.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said the Club was pleased the list included funding for these key Queensland roads, but urged all levels of Government to ensure projects were funded and delivered in line with Queensland’s priorities and timeframes.

“It’s great news this funding has been approved because these are all important projects. We’re now calling on the new Prime Minister Scott Morrison to lock this money in for Queenslanders,” Mr Turner said.

“While these are all great projects and we’re happy to support them, we never want politics, or the election cycle, to get in the way of selecting and delivering projects that are most in need. We need to ensure our infrastructure investments get the most value-for-money and benefit all Queenslanders.”

Mr Turner said the Rockhampton and Mackay ring road projects, both connected to the Bruce Highway, had appeared in RACQ’s ‘Beyond 10 year’ Bruce Highway wish list.

“The Bruce is one of the State’s busiest roads and it’s vital we see money allocated across the board to ease congestion and to improve safety,” he said.

“This kind of funding will mean better traffic flow and less accidents.”