Missing piece to Bruce Hwy upgrades
THE RACQ has slammed all tiers of government for announcing major transport projects before securing funding agreements as it seeks answers on a stalled Palaszczuk Government election promise for the Bruce Highway.
But the trust has still not been formed and the Federal Government, which funds 80 per cent of upgrades for the road, is yet to join, leading key partners including the RACQ and State Opposition to blast the lack of action.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the trust "was always meant" to be established in 2019-20 despite no timings specified in the policy.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the federal LNP, which has committed $10 billion to improve the road, was "open to working" with the Queensland Government to establish the trust.
RACQ head of public policy Rebecca Michael said the inaction on the trust was symptomatic of a growing trend of governments announcing projects before ensuring all funding was in order.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the Palaszczuk Government needed to "grow up" and stop petty bickering with Canberra.