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RACQ lists Sunshine Coast projects next federal government must fix

Various Roadworks and Road Signs Metropolitan Region 12 May 2010. Road Work Ahead.

The state’s peak motoring body has listed its key road projects it wants green lit on the Sunshine Coast in a bid to save lives.

Last year, the Fairfax electorate had seven deaths on its roads, six were killed on roads in Fisher, while in the Wide Bay, 18 people were killed in crashes.

RACQ’s priority projects on the Sunshine Coast include:

  • Accelerating all Bruce Highway Upgrade Program projects by increasing annual funding by 50%, including additional maintenance activities
  • Make the D’Aguilar Highway from Caboolture to Kingaroy safer with lane widening, intersection improvements and additional overtaking lanes
  • Additional funding to complete Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade
  • Increasing investment in the Federal Road Safety Program and bolstering maintenance funding allocations to deliver safer, stronger and more resilient regional roads.

RACQ head of public policy Susan Furze says road safety needs to be front of mind for present and future leaders in the upcoming federal election.

“Crashes are preventable and have devastating flow-on effects for the families of those who have died and their communities.

“Investment in road safety does make a difference and we’re calling for further commitment to key projects to generate jobs, save lives and drive productivity.”

Ms Furze says said the next federal government must make the Bruce Highway a priority.

“A funding boost for the Bruce Highway is desperately needed to accelerate the delivery of vital upgrades,” Ms Furze said.

“We’re also calling for additional funding to modernise Queensland’s transport and energy systems by trialling emerging fuel, charging, energy storage and energy production technology including solar, hydrogen, community grids and micro-grids.”

RACQ is also urging both sides of government to help expand the national electric vehicle fast-charging network, and progress public access to the EV fast charger network as identified in Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List.