Budget bonanza for Queensland, about time: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has applauded an overall budget boost of more than $4 billion in new projects which would improve road safety and bust congestion in Queensland.

Traffic on the Pacific Highway at Mudgeeraba

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the State would receive an extra $1.7 billion across the Budget forward estimates for road and rail upgrades.

“The funding is well-balanced across the State with allocations for important south east Queensland issues like the Urban Congestion Fund, the final stage of the Gateway Motorway and the M1,” Dr Michael said.

“Regional Queensland hasn’t been forgotten with another $731 million for the Bruce Highway and $320 million for the Warrego Highway – both projects will boost safety, reliability and productivity.

“Last year we saw programs announced but this year we’re seeing real dollars put forward so regional projects under the Roads of Strategic Importance package get off the ground.

“Queenslanders will also be in safer hands with the establishment of the Office of Road Safety as part of the $2.2 billion pledge for national road safety.”

Dr Michael said the Club was disappointed there was no funding for Cross River Rail.

“While Cross River Rail has missed out, the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade is finally on track with initial funding secured,” she said.

“There’ll also be further benefits through the Commuter Car Park Fund which will see improvements at Mango Hill and Ferny Grove.”

Dr Michael said the Club urged all sides of politics and all levels of government to support improved infrastructure spending.

“Come Federal Election time, we expect all major parties to prioritise infrastructure to save Queensland lives.”

A full list of RACQ’s priorities could be viewed in its Queensland Matters report here.