Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP)


The RDA Townsville and North West Queensland Committee initiated the concept of an inland roads project based on consultations with local governments and the success of the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Bruce Highway Action Plan in securing nearly $9 billion in funding commitments over 10 years.

RDA engaged with key stakeholders to hold forums in Longreach in December 2013 and Mount Isa in August 2014 to test the need, opportunity and appetite for collaboration on a project which has become known as the Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP).

The IQ-RAP project is focussed on long-term planning for strategic regional freight and tourism routes. To develop the first Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan, 49 partners including 33 local governments, eight Regional Roads and Transport Groups, five RDA Committees, the NQ RDA Alliance, the South-West Regional Economic Development organisation and RACQ provided funding in a bi-partisan approach to collaborative planning.

All partners supported the objectives of IQ-RAP to increase safety and productivity on the inland Queensland regional road network while also opening up new opportunities for economic development such as creating on-going jobs and opening up tourism opportunities.

The first plan was publicly launched in Charters Towers in February 2016. 

The IQ-RAP is designed to be used as a planning tool to inform future state and national road network and broader transport planning, programs and investment decisions.

RDA provides the Secretariat and project management services on an in-kind basis. The Working Group, made up of representatives from RRTGs, RDAs and RACQ, operates as a board in making key decisions at monthly teleconference meetings.  The Working Group is chaired by Cr Rick Britton, Mayor of Boulia Shire; and Deputy Chairs are Cr Jane McNamara, Mayor of Flinders Shire and Cr Tom Gilmore, Mayor of Mareeba Shire, all of whom are volunteers to support their local government colleagues in this initiative.


Key documents


Advocacy and Engagement

Since the IQ-RAP was publicly launched on 1st February 2016, IQ-RAP Working Group Members have met wiht Australian and Queensland parliamentarians, departmental executives and peak industry bodies to brief them on the IQ-RAP and the opportunities it presents to develop regional Queensland, their industries, businesses and communities.  Advocacy is on-going.

Advocacy and Engagement List


IQ-RAP Resident Profile

 IQ-RAP Resident Profile as at 10 August, 2018.


IQ-RAP Public Presentations 




Letters of Support for IQ-RAP 



   Industry and other Stakeholders


IQ-RAP Media Releases


IQ-RAP Media - Letters to the Editor Published


IQ-RAP Media Coverage

The IQ-RAP Working Group has regularly generated media interest in the IQ-RAP. 


IQ-RAP Project Work

Past project updates:


August 2014 Forum - Mount Isa


December 2013 Forum - Longreach


Presentations from the Regional Roads Forum


Roads Related Information





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