RACQ’s infrastructure wishlist to kickstart economic recovery

RACQ has called on all levels of government to accelerate a number of infrastructure projects in south east Queensland to ramp-up economic activity and support local jobs.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club had written to Federal, State and Local Governments with a range of road, rail and pedestrian projects, which should be fast tracked to boost the economy and ease congestion.

Projects included the Coomera Connector, upgrades to the Pacific, Ipswich and Gateway motorways, Bruce Highway, Logan Road, Warrego, Cunningham and Mt Lindesay highways and Moggill Road, the green bridge for Kangaroo Point, the Springfield to Ripley and Ipswich rail extension, and the acceleration of the national electric vehicle fast-charging network.

“These projects will rapidly create and sustain jobs which is what the local economy needs during this crisis. This is a huge opportunity for employment and governments needs to act now,” Dr Michael said. 

“Construction hasn’t stopped and ongoing social distancing measures have created a unique opportunity for improvement and maintenance works to be carried out on key corridors when less people are on the roads.  

“The benefits will also go beyond immediate economic stimulus. These projects will help bust congestion and provide long-term benefits for Queenslanders by reducing travel times.”

Dr Michael said the Club realised increased investment in infrastructure would create a challenging fiscal situation for government and result in unprecedented debt. 

“Our economy is taking a huge hit, which is why we need to make sure we’re investing in productivity generating infrastructure.”

Keep up to date with RACQ’s priority transport projects for Queenslanders and explore the interactive map here.

Full list of projects here.