QLD Premier presents Bruce Highway Crisis Management Group

The Newman LNP Government has underlined its commitment to fix the Bruce Highway. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced the membership of the Bruce Highway Crisis Management Group, bringing together state and federal representatives, motoring groups and local authorities to act as one for a concerted and relentless campaign to upgrade the Bruce Highway.

“The LNP team committed to making safety and flood immunity the fundamental priorities of our 10 year Crisis Action Plan for the Bruce Highway,” Newman said.
“We have already committed $1 billion of state funds for the Bruce Highway on the condition the Federal Government urgently brings forward expenditure to fix this link within 10 years, so now they need to step up to the plate.”

The Premier said that three Local Government representatives would be added to complement the group, once the outcome of the April 28 Council elections was known.

The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) recently found around 60 per cent of deaths on Queensland’s National Highways occurred on the Bruce Highway. Peak motoring body RACQ estimates without urgent action 350 people will die on the Bruce Highway in the next 10 years and more than 5,000 will be injured.

The LNP is leading the campaign to call for an all-out effort to get Federal Government funds for the upgrading of the state’s main National Highway.

As a priority the Government will task the Department of Main Roads to compile a proper engineering-based 10-year ‘Crisis Action Plan’ to address the Bruce Highway crisis.

According to the Queensland Premier, the ‘Crisis Action Plan’ will be completed within the first six months of the LNP Government.

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