INLAND QUEENSLAND ROADS ACTION PROJECT (IQ-RAP)

 

Inland Queensland Road Network named as a nationally significant priority on Infrastructure Australia’s 2020 Infrastructure Priority List.

You can view our Infrastructure Priority List Submission Summary and full Media Release below.

The 2020 Infrastructure Priority List is available from Infrastructure Australia, noting IQ-RAP on page 155.

 
 

PROJECT DETAILS

RDA initiated this project based on economic opportunities and threats. The road network in regional Queensland carries most of the general freight task, but for all road users road access, road and bridge quality and road safety have been issues. In particular, productivity losses have been a major on-going issue.  Rural local governments also rely heavily on road funding, but have suffered from a lack of certainty on future funding. Regional economies are seeking more economic diversification through tourism, but road access is often an impediment.

IQ-RAP brought together 28 local governments, 5 RDA Committees and RACQ to develop a strategy that takes a long-term, network-wide approach to road planning and investment with the common goal to improve regional sustainability, productivity and safety on Queensland’s inland road network. 

RDA has provided the Secretariat and project management services for IQ-RAP since the project commenced in 2013. The Working Group, made up of representatives from Regional Roads and Transport Groups (RRTGs), RDAs and RACQ, has operated as a committee in making key decisions at regular teleconference meetings. The Working Group executive of Cr Rick Britton, Cr Jane McNamara and Cr Tom Gilmore and RDA have led the advocacy engagement to secure funding commitments to IQ-RAP. More than $1 billion has been committed to priorities identified in the 2016 Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan and the 2018 Inland Queensland Road Network Strategy.

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Advocacy

Stakeholder Meetings

RDA has facilitated and attended well over 100 advocacy meetings and briefed more than 200 people since the release of reports in 2016 and 2018. IQ-RAP Working Group Executive members Cr Rick Britton, Cr Jane McNamara and Cr Tom Gilmore and RDA have met with parliamentary Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament, leaders of peak industry organisations across infrastructure, road transport, mining, agriculture and tourism and economic development stakeholders.

Letters of Support for IQ-RAP

RDA secured 40 letters of support from parliamentary Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament, leaders of peak industry organisations across infrastructure, road transport, mining, agriculture and tourism and economic development stakeholders.

Submissions

RDA has made several submissions to the Australian Government on topics relating to road infrastructure and regional development.  RDA also made a submission to the Queensland Government on the sustainability of local governments, focussing on the importance of road funding to local government budgets, local employment and community sustainability.

Following our submission in August 2020 to Infrastructure Australia, we are pleased to announce the strategic inland Queensland road network has been named as a nationally significant priority on Infrastructure Australia’s 2020 Infrastructure Priority List. This is a major achievement for Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland (RDA), the Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP) and all 34 funding partners.

On the 26th February, RDA CEO Glenys Schuntner, attended the Infrastructure Australia Infrastructure Priority List launch in Canberra and also met with Hon Scott Buchholz MP, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, to discuss the future planning of roads in our region.

Photo 1: IA Launch (Cr Tom Gilmore, Deputy Chair IQ-RAP Working Group
Hon Michelle Landry, Assistant Minister for Northern Australia
Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Cr Jane McNamara, Deputy Chair IQ-RAP Working Group
Glenys Schuntner, CEO, RDA Townsville and North West QLD
Senator Susan McDonald)

Photo 2: Minister Buchholz Meeting (Cr Jane McNamara, Deputy Chair, IQ-RAP Working Group
The Hon 
Scott Buchholz MP, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport
Cr Tom Gilmore, Deputy Chair, IQ-RAP Working Group
Ms Glenys Schuntner, CEO, RDA Townsville and North West Queensland/ Secretariat to the IQ-RAP)

The 2020 Infrastructure Priority List is available from Infrastructure Australia, noting IQ-RAP on page 155.

 

 
 
 

Published Letters to the Editor

RDA has prepared and supported the distribution of 21 letters to the editor which were published in regional newspapers. Please find below the most recent letters to the editor.

 

Media Releases

RDA has issued 12 media releases to support the advocacy work on IQ-RAP.  Please find below the most recent Media Releases.