Roads and Transport Alliance Roads and Transport Alliance

The efforts of Regional Roads and Transport Groups (RRTGs) to once again ensure full expenditure of their Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) greatly assisted the LGAQ when it lobbied for the TIDS program to be increased as part of the Association’s 2015 State Election Local Government 10 Point Policy Plan.

 

Funding to RRTGs has been increased by $30 million a year, to $61.2 million, for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 financial years.

The LGAQ will lobby for this increase to be made permanent and for critical roads infrastructure funding programs being maintained in real terms. 

RRTGs have also effectively used the tate-wide Capability Development Fund (SCDF) for initiatives in training, asset management and procurement. 

Key initiatives included: 

  • The Workforce Sustainability Pilot – a project with the North West Queensland RRTG along with Croydon and  Etheridge Shire Councils to identify sustainable road maintenance and renewal arrangements consistent with State Government policy and fiscal responsibility objectives. 
  • The First and Last Mile Freight Pilot – a project with the Eastern Downs and Western Downs RRTGs to develop a RRTG Regional Transport Strategy to align priorities and TMR strategic freight routes as identified in the Heavy Vehicle Action Plan

Work with indigenous councils outside of Cape York to become full members of their local RRTG is expected to be finalised by the end of 2015.

The Alliance continued with a major review of its operational framework. It is timely to review the objectives of the Alliance and how it can best support RRTGs to embrace the broader transport planning agenda.  We expect revised guidelines to be implemented by the end of 2015.