This submission provides comments on policy issues associated with northern Australian infrastructure, specifically the road and rail transport network.
The Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia is an important initiative. The RACQ agrees with the need to develop productive new infrastructure and make better use of existing infrastructure in northern Australia.
The RACQ is supportive of the six broad policy directions for northern Australia outlined in the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia. They target:
The road and rail focus of this submission falls primarily within the realm of infrastructure, but is also critical to business, trade and investment policy. In particular, improved transport opens up new markets and promotes greater trade links.
This submission provides comments on practical and policy issues associated with transport, freight and mobility in northern Queensland. These include:
Upgrading northern Queensland National Highways to improve flood immunity
Investing in a four-star national road network in northern Queensland
Improving mobile communications along major highways
Fixing the Bruce Highway
Development of an east west infrastructure corridor.
The RACQ congratulates the Australian Government on developing a comprehensive policy platform for long term growth in northern Australia.
The RACQ is pleased to provide a submission to the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia. This submission addresses the importance of quality infrastructure in promoting productivity and sustainable business growth and identifies opportunities for improved transport and freight outcomes.
The RACQ represents 1.2 million members and seeks to maintain the viability of motor vehicle transport on their behalf. One of RACQ’s primary goals is to secure better roads and transport options for our members throughout Queensland.
RACQ acknowledges the breadth of the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia and is broadly supportive of the six policy directions identified in the Green Paper:
business, trade and investment
education, research and innovation
The Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia asks a number of questions. The content of this submission relates primarily to the following two:
3. What are the prospects to further expand northern Australia’s minerals and energy sectors?
3. What are the infrastructure limitations across northern Australia?
RACQ’s submission focuses on road and rail opportunities for northern Australia, specifically, northern Queensland. In line with the Green Paper definition, the RACQ has defined northern Queensland as the area north of the Tropic of Capricorn. This is shown as the yellow-shaded section of Queensland in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Northern Queensland