RACQ: Queensland's Motorists Ignored By Major Parties

Mike Stevens | Aug 26, 2010

Queensland's peak motoring organisation RACQ says Australia's major parties have snubbed Queensland motorists, ignoring ten "vital" state transport projects in desperate need of Federal funding.

“A significant boost in Federal funding is needed to upgrade Queensland’s transport system and tackle a backlog of projects that will save lives, cut congestion and minimise travel delays,” RACQ spokesperson Gary Fites said.

Mr Fites said that although the Coalition has promised around $650 million in upgrades and new developments, and the Labor Government has committed funds to Townsville's ring road and $70 million to the Warrego Highway's Blacksoil interchange, neither party has offered a firm position on other "urgent" projects.

"We are disappointed that both parties have failed to make any major impression on the infrastructure scorecard. This shows a real lack of vision on their part,” Mr Fites said.

“Less than a third of the 38 cents a litre excise on petrol and diesel is actually returned to motorists in the form of funding to build and maintain our roads."

In a pre-election RACQ poll, 75 percent of the members surveyed (total number of respondents not available) said the current percentage of fuel excise actually spent on roads was “much too low”. Of those, 24 percent of respondents said that fuel excise revenue should only be used to fund roads.

The RACQ’s 'Top 10' major transport priorities projects for Queensland are:

  • Toowoomba bypass construction (total cost $1.3 to $1.8 billion)
  • Warrego Highway Toowoomba to Morven upgrade ($215 million)
  • Warrego Highway Ipswich to Toowoomba upgrade ($165 million)
  • Brisbane’s Gateway Motorway upgrade of northern section ($2 billion)
  • Pacific Motorway Eight Mile Plains to Springwood upgrade ($420 million)
  • Ipswich Motorway planning for Rocklea to Darra upgrade ($10 million)
  • Brisbane CBD cross river rail link ($8.2 billion)
  • Bruce Highway upgrade from Cooroy-Curra ($1.8 billion)
  • Bruce Highway upgrade from Gympie to Gladstone ($105 million)
  • Bruce Highway Sarina to Cairns flood-mitigation, safety and congestion relieving projects ($955 million).
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  • Steven Hambleton says,
    5 years ago
    Cairns: Kuranda Highway
  • Ward Paterson says,
    5 years ago
    This is amazing considering QLD'ers are paying more road registration taxes than any other state!!!!!

  • ammerty
    Dann says,
    5 years ago
    Not to mention the many intersections in Brisbane and surrounds which need attention. I think the roads in Brisbane are the worst of any capital city. Where the proceeds from the exorbitant registration costs we're paying goes baffles me, its certainly not going toward the maintenance of existing and introduction of new road infrastructure.
  • Wheelnut
    Wheelnut says,
    5 years ago
    Queenslands not the only one with roads in desperate need of repair etc but I guess its all part of "Moving Forward"
  • PeterG says,
    5 years ago
    Queensland roads rank not far behind VIC in quality but well ahead of NSW all because of the allocation of GST that Rudd would not adjust to make it more fair on NSW. Why because the Ruddster new that NSW labor was going to lose the next state election.So NSW will need the Libs to get up federally (state is in the bag) before they will see any significant improvement in roads and VIC with its labor strong hold are likely to suffer under Abbott.About time too.VIC has been getting too much of the pie for too long.Why else would Victorians vote as strongly as they did for labor federally when the rest of the country was the opposite?Qld is also likely to be adjusted back by Abbott because their share of the GST was disproportionate.
    But overall there is hope that government waste should be reduced so there will be more money for roads overall.
    The RACQ cannot be serious that federal politicians give a toss what they say .Such posturing for their members is quite pathetic and smacks of arrogance.