Far north pollies urged to prioritise road safety

The State’s peak motoring body has put politicians on notice and called for vital road projects which mattered most to Cairns locals, to be funded.

A stretch of the Captain Cook Highway near Cairns

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said road safety needed to be at front of mind for present and future leaders in far north Queensland in the upcoming Federal Election.

“Last year 250 people were killed on our State’s roads in preventable crashes – these had devastating flow-on effects for the families of victims and their communities,” Mr Turner said.

“More than 70,000 people in the Cairns area alone are RACQ members, so naturally, making sure they and every other Queenslander is safe on the road is something we take very seriously but we need the powers that be to do so too.

“Investment in road safety does make a difference, but it can only happen when pollies put their money where their mouths are.”

Mr Turner said the Club’s Queensland Matters blueprint should form the basis of planning and priorities for the State’s road and transport projects in the 2019 Federal Election.

“We’ll fight for the delivery of life-saving local projects including upgrades to the Captain Cook and Kennedy Highways, as well as Cairns Southern Access projects which includes the Edmonton to Gordonvale duplication,” he said.

“We’re Queenslanders and we want to see our people supported through the delivery of these key projects which will improve safety and flood immunity and provide greater access to support the ever-growing far north.”


RACQ’s priority projects in far north Queensland included:

  • Kennedy Developmental Road and Highway – safety works package, including flood improvements to provide suitable inland alternative to the Bruce Highway
  • Captain Cook Highway upgrades – widen corridor, improve roadside safety, add overtaking lanes and provide safe cycling infrastructure
  • Complete Cairns Southern Access – all stages – which includes Edmonton to Gordonvale Duplication.


Queensland Matters could be viewed on RACQ’s website.