Calls to secure funding for priority projects

The State’s peak motoring body has called on the Queensland and Federal Governments to secure funding for several priority infrastructure projects in the State’s south east.

It comes after Building Queensland released its latest Infrastructure Pipeline Report to help inform decision-makers on major infrastructure proposals currently in development.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said it was positive to see plans for the Gold Coast Light Rail progressing and the Club urged the State Government to keep the project on track for delivery.

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“We know the Federal Government has committed $112 million and City of Gold Coast has promised its share too, so now we’re urging the Queensland Government to chip in and give this project the green light it needs and deserves,” Dr Michael said.

“It’ll play a critical role in managing congestion and improving local mobility in the future, so it’ll be a huge win for those who live, work and come to play on the Gold Coast.”

Dr Michael said it was important transport projects like the Sunshine Motorway (Mooloolah River Interchange), Centenary Motorway (Frederick Street to Sumners Road) and Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement (Kuraby to Beenleigh) progressed through the pipeline.

“Queensland has a significant transport infrastructure gap as evidenced by our worsening urban congestion and the poor safety record of our one and two star rated highways,” she said.

“We hope to see more of our priorities – listed in RACQ’s Mobility Matters Report – progress so more Queenslanders can safely, sustainably and productively get about our great State.”

 

Key priority projects from RACQ’s Mobility Matters Report include:

  • Coomera Connector (Intra-Regional Transport Corridor) – an alternative corridor to the M1 Pacific Motorway between Logan and Gold Coast
  • North-West Transport Corridor, to provide relief for Gympie Road.
  • Level crossing upgrade program
  • Significant safety and capacity upgrades on Queensland highways including the Captain Cook, Flinders, Burnett, and Capricorn Highways and continued work on the Bruce Highway.