RDA Committees plan for the future of Queensland roads

qld roads rda1RDA Townsville and North West Queensland (RDA TNWQ) are playing a lead role in facilitating the development of the Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP).

IQ-RAP is the first of its type in Australia, which has been developed through a collaboration of 47 funding partners, including several RDA committees.

RDA TNWQ first considered the concept of such a plan, after the success of the Bruce Highway Action Plan in securing funding commitments from the Australian and Queensland governments.

In December 2013, RDA TNWQ engaged with other RDAs in central, north and south west Queensland and held a forum in Longreach, where the Interim Working Group was formed and RDA TNWQ took on the role of Secretariat.

The other RDA committees involved are Far North Queensland and Torres Strait, Darling Downs South West, Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday and Fitzroy and Central West.

IQ-RAP Secretariat and RDA TNWQ Chief Executive Officer Glenys Schuntner said there was an opportunity for achieving regional economic development outcomes through greater investment on inland roads through greater cross-regional collaboration.

“Common goals to create jobs, develop and sustain our regional communities, improve productivity for all industries and businesses and safety for all using the inland Queensland road network, have resulted in a strategic alliance of RDA committees, 33 councils, eight Regional Roads and Transport Groups and RACQ,” Ms Schuntner said.

IQ-RAP Working Group Chair Cr Peter Maguire said the plan identifies the road network and prioritises upgrades over the next 18 years. Click here to read more.

 

Transport Hubs for Australia:

Transport Hubs for Australia, the intermodal issues for road, rail, ports and airports represents a challenge and opportunity for regional Australia. An intermodal logistics hub can be an economic asset for a regional community when they become a regional service centre.

Parkes has a long-standing plan to become a transport hub for all of Australia. It’s on the Newell Highway and the Sydney to Perth Rail line and it’s hoped an extension of the Melbourne to Brisbane rail line would mean freight companies could use Parkes as a distribution point to warehouse goods and then send them anywhere in the country.

 

Parkes, plans to be the transport hub for Australia

Parkes, plans to be the transport hub for Australia

70% of the Australian population can be
reached in one day from Parkes

Australian Regional Development  Conference, will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

Call for papers – would you like to speak on transport and logistics hubs in regional Australia?

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Healthcare and roads: what will happen to Wannon

Healthcare and roads: What will happen in Wannon under a federal Coalition government? By SEAN McCOMISH, The Standard 

On the face of campaign promises, the Coalition’s victory at the polls will see money pumped into roads and healthcare across the electorate.

Key campaigns such as Peter’s Project’s push for $10 million from Canberra and $2.5 million for the crumbling Condah-Hotspur road near Portland are now guaranteed.

Labor’s two biggest announcements this year — about $4.2 million for trade training centres in Cobden and Timboon — were matched by Liberal MP Dan Tehan during his campaign and will still go ahead.

The Coalition has also pledged to fill south-west potholes with cash. Around $25 million will be spent upgrading the Great Ocean Road shared by both Wannon and Corangamite electorates.

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Rural Healthcare delivery and regional infrastructure. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

Call for papers  is now open.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au