Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP)

The RDA Townsville and North West Queensland Committee initiated the concept of an inland roads action plan based on consultations with local governments and the success of the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Bruce Highway Action Plan in securing funding commitments over 10 years. RDA engaged with key stakeholders to hold forums in Longreach in December 2013 and Mount Isa in August 2014 to test the need, opportunity and appetite for collaboration on a project which has become known as the Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan (IQ-RAP) project.

IQ-RAP is a bipartisan project funded by 49 partners including 33 local governments, 8 Regional Roads and Transport Groups, 5 RDA Committees, the NQ RDA Alliance and RACQ to drive regional economic development across regional Queensland. The IQ-RAP was publicly launched in Charters Towers in February 2016. An update to the original IQ-RAP is now under way.

This plan is designed to be used as a planning tool to inform future state and national road network and broader transport planning, programs and investment decisions.

RDA provides the Secretariat and project management services on an in-kind basis; the Working Group, made up of representatives from RRTGs, RDAs and RACQ, operates as a board in making key decisions at monthly teleconference meetings.


·         IQ-RAP – Full Version March 2016 

·         IQ-RAP – Overview June 2017 

·         IQ-RAP – Snapshot May 2017 

·         IQ-RAP – Project Update August 2017 


IQ-RAP Resident Profile

IQ-RAP Resident Profile as at 24 August 2017


IQ-RAP Public Presentations 



·         Inquiry into the National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities  16.7.17

·         Inquiry into the Sustainability of Local Governments in Queensland   26.5.17


Letters of Support for IQ-RAP 

·         Letters to IQ-RAP Working Group


o    Parliamentarians

§  Senator the Hon Barry O'Sullivan 

§  Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald


o    Industry and other Stakeholders

§  AgForce Queensland Farmers Limited

§  Brisbane Markets Limited

§  Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia

§  Civil Contractors Federation

§  Infrastructure Association of Queensland

§  Isolated Children's Parents Association Queensland

§  Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone

§  Outback Queensland Tourism Association

§  Queensland Farmers' Federation

§  Queensland Tourism Industry Council

§  Townsville Enterprise Limited


·         Letters sent to Ministers in support of IQ-RAP


o    Parliamentarians

§  Senator the Hon James McGrath, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister - Letter to Minister Darren Chester

§  Mr Tim Nicholls, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Planning, Small Business, Employment and Trade - Letter to Minister for Resources and Northern Australia


o    Industry and other Stakeholders

§  Central Highlands Development Corporation - Letter to Minister Darren Chester 

§  Civil Contractors Federation - Letter to Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester

§  Gulf Savannah Development - Letter to Minister Darren Chester

§  Queensland Resources Council - Letter to Minister Darren Chester

§  Queensland Resources Council - Letter to Queensland Minister for Main Roads/Deputy Premier/Treasurer


IQ-RAP Media Releases

·         IQ-RAP on the road to winning national award 5.10.17

·         Highways inspected 14.4.16

·         IQ-RAP Key to creating more regional jobs 21.3.16

·         Beef Roads 10.3.16

·         Senator Supports IQ-RAP 8.3.16

·         Driving Productivity in Australia's Transport Network 1.2.16

IQ-RAP Media - Letters to the Editor Published

·        Improvements to the Flinders Highway (North West Star) 21.9.17

·        Improvements to the Flinders Highway (Northern Miner) 19.9.17

·        Collaboration Behind Hann Highway (North Queensland Register) 17.8.17

·         Collaboration Behind Hann Highway (North West Star) 15.8.17

·         Collaboration Behind Hann Highway (Townsville Bulletin 10.8.17)

·         Regional Roads Key to Economic Growth (North West Star) 20.5.17

·         Regional Roads Key to Economic Growth (North Queensland Register) 18.5.17

·         Cyclones and Flooding Impact Road Network (Burdekin Advocate) 17.5.17

·         Regional Roads In Line For Massive Growth (Innisfail Advocate) 13.5.17

·         Bruce Hway Closures Hit Our Road Network (Queensland Country Life) 11.5.17

·         Bruce Hway Closures Hit Our Road Network (North Queensland Register) 11.5.17

·         Robust Road Network Vital For Prosperity (Townsville Bulletin) 6.5.17

·         Roads Priority In Advancing The North (North West Star) 5.7.16 Also printed in The Land/Queensland Country Life

·         Fixing Rural Roads Must Be A Government Priority (Burdekin Advocate) 29.6.16

·         Long Way To Go On Our Roads (Townsville Bulletin) 28.6.16

·         Kudos for Ando's Drive (Townsville Bulletin) 7.6.16

·         Fair Go for Roads (Townsville Bulletin & Cairns Post) 21.4.16

·         Road Plan Right Way (Townsville Bulletin) 26.3.16

·         RDA Offers Funding Clarification (North West Star) 20.2.16


IQ-RAP Media Coverage

The IQ-RAP Working Group has regularly generated media interest in the IQ-RAP. 

·         May-August 2016: Media Coverage and News Clippings

·         March-April 2016: Media Coverage and News Clippings

·         February 2016 Launch: Media Coverage and News Clippings



IQ-RAP Project Work

·         Working Group Terms of Reference

·          IQ-RAP Stakeholder Engagement 

·         August 2014 Forum - Mount Isa

Notes and presentations

Agenda for the Forum


·         December 2013 Forum - Longreach

Key Outcomes of the Regional Roads Forum


Presentations from the Regional Roads Forum

Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland

Department of Transport and Main Roads 

Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning

Local Government Association of Queensland

Australian Rural Road Group

Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils





Key Road Infrastructure Related Resources

·         Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 

·         Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC)

·         TIC Report on Queensland Expenditure on Key Freight Routes

·         Infrastructure Australia

·         Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)

·         Australian Logistics Council 

·         Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads

·         Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) 

·         Queensland Transport and Logistics Council


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