Locals plead for Mackay, Whitsundays road funds

Mackay and Whitsunday drivers have slammed the poor maintenance of their local roads and called for major improvements across the 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 residents surveyed voted to allocate more than two-thirds of their total budget to delivering upgrades on the local and State-controlled road networks.

“Locals are in the best position to identify the problems their roads face. 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.

“Around 75 percent of respondents rated poor maintenance as the biggest issue on their roads, with safety a very close second.

“More than three-quarters of those surveyed told us they want to see upgrades to the Bruce Highway, including the Mackay to Sarina duplication, so it’s a shame this much-needed project remains unfunded.”

Ms Ross also revealed more than two-thirds of respondents believed public transport was insufficient in their area.

“Locals told us there weren’t enough public transport services available and existing 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 the region is 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.”