Lifestyle

Bruce Highway plan supports RACQ's top priorities

The RACQ's Joe Fitzgerald.
The RACQ's Joe Fitzgerald.

THE Bruce Highway Crisis Committee released its action plan on Queensland's most notorious road last week, appropriately titled Out of the Crisis.

To put the word "crisis" into context, the Bruce Highway accounts for more than 17% of deaths on the entire national network while only representing only 7.5% of road distance.

Or, put another way, one in six deaths on national roads are on the Bruce.  Not to mention about 400 serious injuries every year. Some parts of the highway haven't been upgraded in close to 50 years.

Traditionally the Federal Government has provided 80% of the funding for national highways, however, whispers from Canberra suggest they may try and cut that to a 50/50 split with state governments.

If that were the case, billions of dollars worth of vital infrastructure projects over the next decade simply won't get done, and the cost can be counted in human life. 

As the major motorist, tourism, and freight route in Queensland, this is unacceptable. Not only are motorists affected, but time delays and detours adversely affect the state's tourism, agriculture and resource sectors.

The Out of the Crisis action plan incorporates much of RACQ's top priorities to address critical safety, flooding and capacity issues on the highway. The Federal contribution is vital in addressing these key economic and safety issues.

RACQ represents more than 1.2 million Queensland motorists and their families and we'll be lending their voices to the effort to finally get the Bruce Highway they deserve.

Topics:  bruce highway cars cars news motoring racq



Reach out to help homeless support hub

Agape Outreach founder, Rev. Theresa Mitchell, displays some of the products available at the newly opened Op Shop in Tweed heads

Agape Outreach has had strong response, now needs customer support

Woman charged over death of outlaw bikie associate

Police have extradited a woman from Queensland in relation to a fatal shooting in Tweed Heads.

Queensland police extradited the woman, 27, to be charged in NSW

Region's hospitals need to fill 53 jobs

The Northern NSW Local Health District currently has 53 vacancies across the region.

Health district downplays concerns over hospital vacancies

Local Partners

KFC, the car and the loo: Where snakes are ending up

Wet weather pushing snakes to move in at your place.

Kmart's new range proves why it must stick to homewares

Kmarts new summer fashion range isn’t quite what we expected. Picture: Brendan Radke

Kmart’s new cheap apparel proves the store must stick to homewares

The secret plan that could have saved Holden revealed

This concept car wasn't just for show. Holden explored the possibility of building a smaller Torana and large SUV off the same "platform” as the Commodore.

All options considered ahead of closure.

Social media detox: Why I've cut Facebook from my phone

Facebook is addictive... but are we better off without it?

I am sleeping better and feel more energised of a morning.

Recall on leading electric car maker's new vehicle

The 2017 Tesla Model X.

Tesla has recalled some of its Model X variants.

Meet Google’s smarter smartphone

Google’s newest smartphones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, will become available for pre-order in Australia on October 20. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Elijah Nouvelage

ONE YEAR has passed since Google launched its first serious bid for your smartphone...

Rare breed of pooch in running for Queensland award

RARE BREED: Chamuco is one of 223 dogs who earned themselves a spot in the Dog and Puppy of the Year Awards.

Chamuco is an xoloitzcuintle (pronounced "show low eats qweent lee”)