Central Qld locals slam shoddy regional roads

Central Queenslanders have called out the poor maintenance of their local roads and demanded major improvements across their region, a new RACQ survey has revealed.

As part of its Transport Priorities Survey, the Club gave more than 2000 Queenslanders a hypothetical $100 million and asked how they would spend it to improve their local transport network.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said those in the Rockhampton, Gladstone, Banana, Central Highlands, Livingstone and Woorabinda regions said they would allocate more than 70 percent of their total budget to upgrade the local and State-controlled road networks.

“Locals are in the best position to identify the problems their roads face, and when you put the power in their hands it becomes clear what they value most and where they want to see improvements, and they’re clearly frustrated by the network’s current state,” Ms Ross said.

“Almost 75 percent of respondents told us poor maintenance of their local road network was one of the top issues, and almost half said safety was another major concern.

“Locals want to see upgrades to boost flood resilience on the Bruce Highway and safety improvements on the Capricorn Highway because they deserve safe, reliable roads in this disaster prone region.”

Ms Ross said the survey also found half of the respondents believed public transport was insufficient in their area.

“They told us there isn’t enough public transport available, their journeys take too long and services don’t run where they need to,” she said.

“Sadly, regional Queensland is at risk of transport disadvantage because of its smaller populations spread over larger areas, so often locals are disregarded when it comes to funding for these services.

“Everyone pays rates and taxes, so we urge all levels of government to consider what’s important to the people who contribute to them.”