This morning’s independent Australian Road Assessment Program report confirms the appalling failure of the long-term Labor government to fix the notoriously dangerous Bruce Highway.
LNP Parliamentary Leader and Shadow Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Planning and Reconstruction Jeff Seeney said the AusRAP report* found the Bruce Highway accounted for two-thirds of the 15 most dangerous sections of national highway in Queensland.
“This is an independent report, and coming on top of the series of bad smashes south of Rockhampton this week, surely confirms just how bad our main highway has become under Craig Wallace and the long-term Labor government,” Mr Seeney said.
“AusRAP gives Queensland an alarmingly bad report for high-risk highways.
“The Bruce Highway is a shocker – there’s no other way to describe it because as AusRAP has found, it accounted for half of all casualty crashes and nearly two-thirds of deaths on Queensland’s national road network between 2005 and 2009.”
Mr Seeney said the RACQ was absolutely right in calling for far greater levels of funding and a proper 10-year plan from the State government to redress many stretches of the Bruce Highway, including the most dangerous sections:
- Cooroy to Gympie
- Gympie to Childers
- Childers to Miriam Vale
- Miriam Vale to Rockhampton
- Sarina to Mackay
- Mackay to Proserpine
- Proserpine to Ayr
- Townsville to Ingham
- Ingham to Innisfail
- Innisfail to Cairns
“Labor’s had its time. It’s been in power for 20 of the past 22 years.
“Craig Wallace has failed. It’s time for change.
“It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”