State Budget must put safety first: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has demanded the Queensland Government put its money where its mouth is and focus on keeping Queenslanders safe in next week’s Budget.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said commitments to improve roads, put more police on patrol, target motor theft crime and fund car safety rating programs were some of the essential priorities the Palaszczuk Government needed to act on.

“Parts of Queensland’s road network just aren’t up to scratch – it’s costing us all time spent stuck in traffic and horrifically, the lives of loved ones,” Dr Michael said.

“RACQ is calling for significant investment in the Budget for road safety upgrades as well as an increased police presence on our roads to help combat Fatal Five behaviours.”

Dr Michael warned RACQ would put the Palaszczuk Government on notice that any attempt to blame Canberra for a lack of State spending on projects simply wouldn’t wash.

“The Federal Government put more transport money on the table for Queensland in its 2019-20 Budget than anywhere else in the country, and made significant commitments during the election campaign,” she said.

“Now it’s vital the State Government stumps up for those key projects requiring joint funding. It’s critical the Pacific Motorway Exit 41 and 49 upgrades, Bruce Highway upgrades, Beerburrum to Nambour Rail, and Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A, are progressed and get underway without delay.

“Queenslanders want what we were promised, and we rightly expect all levels of Government to work together and get the job done.

“We’re crying out for transport and road safety infrastructure right across the State.

“Queensland infrastructure funding per capital is below the national average and it beggars belief our capital funding for transport and road infrastructure as a percentage of gross state product is half of what it was a decade ago.”

RACQ’s full Pre-Budget submission and priority transport projects could be found here: https://bit.ly/2Xder68