INLAND QUEENSLAND ROADS ACTION PROJECT (IQ-RAP)

PROJECT DETAILS

IQ-RAP Partners have now secured nearly $1.4 billion in funding for strategic roads and bridges identified and advocated for by the Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP).

RDA initiated this project based on advice from regional stakeholders such as local governments, industry peak bodies, businesses and communities who stressed the high importance of developing a safer, fit-for-purpose inland road network for all industries, communities and visitors.

The IQ-RAP partnership has brought together 28 local governments, 5 RDA Committees and RACQ to take 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, led by Chair Cr Rick Britton and Deputy Chair Cr Jane McNamara and Cr Christine Rolfe, is made up of representatives from Regional Roads and Transport Groups (RRTGs), RDAs and RACQ, and operates as a committee in making key decisions at regular video/teleconference meetings.

In the lead up to the State election, the Working Group has written to give Parties to seek endorsement of the Inland Queensland Road Network Strategy, support for detailed planning and a $200 million investment over the next four years. Copies of these letters are below.

Key documents including the latest Progress Report are provided below.

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Previous Advocacy

Progress Report

The Progress Report July 2020 – prepared by Harrison Infrastructure Group and RDA – identified that nearly $1.4 billion in funding has been secured for IQ-RAP priorities since the first plan was released in February 2016. IQ-RAP partners, the Working Group and Secretariat at RDA have all played a key role in advocacy to secure recognition of IQ-RAP priorities and their funding.  All have appreciated the commitments to funding made by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Following the release of the Report, RDA facilitated meetings for IQ-RAP partners to meet up in Longreach and by Zoom. This was an  opportunity for all partners to receive an update on IQ-RAP and to discuss next steps. The Working Group will be meeting this week and will provide recommendations to all partners about next steps. Considerations include pre-election advocacy and updating the Inland Queensland Road Network Strategy 2018.

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.