Regional Queensland getting left behind

RACQ has called for more investment in regional Queensland, after a new report found there was a great divide between Brisbane and the rest of the State.

The Brisbane Times reported  Queensland Major Contractors Association and the Infrastructure Association of Queensland have revealed of the 194 projects worth $41.3 billion, in the pipeline over the next five years, $13.8 billion was unfunded, mostly in regional Queensland.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said funding for regional roads in Queensland was one of the Club’s priorities.

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“We support projects which will improve road safety, as well as productivity and accessibility for freight,” Ms Ross said.

“In addition to projects on national highways such as the Pacific Motorway and Bruce Highway, there are State-controlled road projects of national significance, such as developing an inland north-south alternative route to the Bruce Highway.

“We see value in upgrading an alternative route for road safety, productivity and efficiency improvements, as well as delivering a much-needed alternative when the Bruce Highway is closed due to incidents or flooding.”