Peak Downs Highway upgrades are among RACQ’s election wishlist for Mackay. Picture: Tara Miko
Peak Downs Highway upgrades are among RACQ’s election wishlist for Mackay. Picture: Tara Miko

RACQ’s Mackay-Whitsunday election wishlist revealed

RACQ has placed major highway investment and floodproofing at the top of its election wishlist for Mackay Whitsunday region.

The motoring organisation has called for commitment to upgrade the Bruce Hwy between Sarina and Mackay, the Peak Downs Hwy and the Gregory Development Rd.

Bruce Highway between Sarina and Mackay. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury
Bruce Highway between Sarina and Mackay. Photo Peter Holt / Daily Mercury

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RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said with the country in recession, an investment in infrastructure and road safety works solved more than just our economic woes.

“The Gregory Developmental Road desperately needs a safety works package delivered, including bridge and flood immunity improvements. It’s important trucks and other vehicles have a reliable alternative for when the Bruce Highway floods during the wet season,” Dr Michael said.

“Upgrades would also ensure the Peak Downs Highway remained a safe and reliable route for Mackay drivers and we’re calling on candidates to commit to delivering a safety package.”

A sign on the Peak Downs Highway, near Moranbah, pointing to nearby towns Nebo, Dysart and Clermont. Generic. Photo: Zizi Averill
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Dr Michael said a duplication of the Bruce Highway between Sarina and Mackay would ease congestion, safety and flooding issues.

“This duplication of the Bruce Highway would see huge improvements to safety, minimise flooding closures and help it cope with the large volumes of vehicles travelling it every day,” she said.

Dr Michael said the club would like increased funding commitments for safe cycling infrastructure and road safety initiatives including a mass action program of low-cost, high benefit safety upgrades across the state to achieve a minimum 30 per cent reduction in fatal and serious injuries by 2030.

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“We’ve lost too many lives on the state’s roads this year already. Small investments into works like wide centre lines, central and roadside safety barriers and intersection upgrades go a long way to helping make our roads safer for all Queenslanders,” she said.

“Queenslanders need to ensure they’re considering where their political vote goes and whether their candidate is willing to commit to improve Queenslanders’ lives and mobility options.”