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.
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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