Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP)

The RDA Townsville and North West Queensland Committee initiated the concept of an inland roads action plan 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 Plan (IQ-RAP) project.


The IQ-RAP project is focussed on long-term planning for strategic regional freight and tourism routes. To develop the first IQ-RAP, 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 IQ-RAP was publicly launched in Charters Towers in February 2016. An update to the original IQ-RAP which was based on 2015 data is now under way and will be completed by May 2018. The Harrison Infrastructure Group has been engaged again to do this update on behalf of 28 local governments, five RDA Committees and RACQ.


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.




State Election Regional Roads Commitments - November, 2017


 Katter Australia Party


IQ-RAP Working Group to Mr Robbie Katter MP - 22.11.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Mr Robbie Katter MP - 1.9.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Mr Robbie Katter MP - 13.4.17



  • There are currently no commitments to strategic freight and tourism routes in regional Queensland outside SEQ and west of the Bruce Highway.
  • The Works For Queensland program has been extended by $200 million for 65 regional councils outside SEQ. This fund can be used for local road and bridge projects but is also used for disaster mitigation, waste and recycling, water, sewerage, crime prevention, cultural and recreation and economic development projects. In the last round 130 projects out of 600+ projects were for local roads and bridge works. Most, if not all, would have been lower order roads that are not in IQ-RAP.


Deputy Premier to IQ-RAP Working Group - 24.11.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Premier - 20.11.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Premier - 1.9.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Acting Minister of Main Roads - 22.8.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Deputy Premier - 16.6.17




 -  5 projects in the IQ-RAP area:   

  • $15 million towards May Downs Road upgrade at Middlemount, Isaac Region
  • $4 million towards Peak Downs Highway passing lanes, Mackay/ Isaac Region
  • $6.5 million towards Donohue Highway upgrades, Boulia
  • $2.8 million towards sealing the Alpha-Tambo Road, Barcaldine/ Blackall-Tambo Region
  • $6 million towards Springsure-Tambo Road (Dawson Development Rd) upgrades, Blackall-Tambo Region



 - 3 projects in the IQ-RAP area: 

  • $5 million towards upgrading Tchanning Creek Bridge/Condamine Hwy at Roma, Maranoa
  • $800,000 towards upgrading Springton Creek Bridge/Capricorn Hwy at Dingo, Central Highlands Region
  • $100,000 towards resurfacing Mount Vexation Bridge at Emerald, Central Highlands Region


LNP State Director to IQ-RAP Working Group - 7.11.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Shadow Minister for Main Roads - 18.6.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Deputy Leader of Oppostion - 18.6.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Leader of Oppostion - 18.6.17



Pauline Hanson One Nation Policy


  • “The inland road network is in urgent need of funding and maintenance, as well as future-proofing against natural disasters.”
  • “One nation will: work with IQ-RAP partnerships, Federal Government and State government to prioritise the scope of works needed to repair our road infrastructure through a regional conference; publish full transport infrastructure business cases and transparently allocate key transport projects; commit to a program to upgrade and maintain inland regional Queensland roads”


IQ-RAP Working Group to Mr Steve Dickson - 22.11.17

IQ-RAP Working Group to Mr Steve Dickson - 13.4.17


Queensland Greens





IQ-RAP Resident Profile

IQ-RAP Resident Profile as at 2 January, 2018.



IQ-RAP Public Presentations 






Letters of Support for IQ-RAP 

Letters to IQ-RAP Working Group


o    Parliamentarians

§  Senator the Hon Barry O'Sullivan 

§  Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald


o    Industry and other Stakeholders

§ Construction Skills Queensland

§  Hancock Prospecting

§  National Farmers' Federation

§  AgForce Queensland Farmers Limited

§  Brisbane Markets Limited

§  Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia

§  Civil Contractors Federation

§  Infrastructure Association of Queensland

§  Isolated Children's Parents Association Queensland

§  Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone

§  Outback Queensland Tourism Association

§  Queensland Farmers' Federation

§  Queensland Tourism Industry Council

§  Townsville Enterprise Limited


Letters sent to Ministers in support of IQ-RAP


o    Parliamentarians

§  Senator the Hon James McGrath, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister - Letter to Minister Darren Chester

§  Mr Tim Nicholls, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Planning, Small Business, Employment and Trade - Letter to Minister for Resources and Northern Australia


o    Industry and other Stakeholders

§  Central Highlands Development Corporation - Letter to Minister Darren Chester 

§  Civil Contractors Federation - Letter to Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester

§  Gulf Savannah Development - Letter to Minister Darren Chester

§  Queensland Resources Council - Letter to Minister Darren Chester

§  Queensland Resources Council - Letter to Queensland Minister for Main Roads/Deputy Premier/Treasurer


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:

November 2017
August 2017
23 December, 2016
25 August, 2016
20 May, 2016
21 March, 2016
29 February, 2016
7 January, 2016




Presentations from the Regional Roads Forum




Key Road Infrastructure Related Resources


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