Mackay pollies should make road safety a priority: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has put politicians on notice and called for vital central Queensland road and infrastructure projects to be funded.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said road safety needed to be the biggest priority for present and future leaders in the Mackay region in the upcoming Federal Election.

“Last year 250 people were killed on Queensland roads in preventable crashes, these had devastating flow-on effects for their loved ones and communities,” Mr Turner said.

“More than 53,000 people in the Mackay region are RACQ members, so making sure they, and every other Queenslander, is safe on the road is something we take seriously – and we need our leaders need to do so too.

“Pollies should start putting their money where their mouths are and commit funding where it’s needed most, because we know investment makes a real difference and saves lives.”

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 road upgrades to the Peak Downs Highway and Gregory Developmental Road, and the Bruce Highway duplication between Sarina and Mackay,” he said.

“This work will be vital in helping to drive down the road toll, improve flood immunity and increase capacity to cater for future growth in the region.

“We’re in town engaging political candidates to ensure locals’ voices are heard and we get commitment from our future representatives on these projects before the election.”


RACQ’s priority projects in central Queensland included:

  • Peak Downs Highway – safety works package
  • Gregory Developmental Road – safety works package, including flood improvements to provide suitable inland alternative route to Bruce Highway
  • Duplication of the Sarina to Mackay link of the Bruce Highway to improve safety, capacity and flood immunity.


Queensland Matters could be viewed on RACQ’s website.