‘Spend this time and money wisely’: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has called on governments to get down to business with delivering critical road and infrastructure projects across regional Queensland.

It came as Courier Mail reported less than half a percent of the Federal Government’s $4.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) fund would be spent in Queensland this financial year.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said the Club urged all levels of government to spend this money and time wisely to carry out planning for key projects now so they could be accelerated in the years ahead.

“The transport network in rural and regional Queensland truly is the lifeblood of our economy and its major roads are the backbone of our State,” Ms Smith said.  

“It’s crucial we make our roads safer, more productive and resilient by fast-tracking the delivery of key upgrades between Tennant Creek and Townsville, Mount Isa and Rockhampton, Cooktown and Weipa, Townsville and Roma, and Cairns to the Northern Territory border.

“Our State is set to receive a further $1billion in funding from the ROSI program to flow through in the comings years.”

Ms Smith said it was important all levels of government worked collaboratively to manage delivery timeframes and resourcing. 

“Everyone needs to be working together to ensure these lifesaving transport infrastructure projects are seamlessly scheduled and not further delayed,” she said. 

“The Federal Government’s ROSI funding is very welcomed, but State and local governments also need to get on board when and where it’s needed too.”