The Road Ahead : October 2012
RACQ HELP VISIT US ON THE WEB RACQ/ RACQI racq.com free2go free2go.com.au The Road Ahead roadahead.com.au Email email@example.com facebook.com/racqofficial twitter.com/racqofficial ROADSIDE HELP (24 HRS) 13 1111 TTY (impaired hearing) 3248 2074 HELP LINE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Medical, home, accident emergency advice. Motoring legal advice. MEMBERSHIP (24 HRS) 13 1905 Join, pay by phone, enquiries. INSURANCE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Enquiries, sales, alterations & payments RACQ Insurance claims 13 7202 OTHER RACQ SERVICES Child safety restraints Fittings & Advice 1800 816 523 Driver education 3361 2382 (Rec. driving schools) 1800 680 039 RACQ Loans RACQ car & personal loans 1300 361 316 Technical advice 3666 9148 Members in country areas 1800 623 456 Community & Education 3872 8674 Road safety education Travel services Accom. enquiries 1800 629 501 Road conditions (recorded) 1300 130 595 (24 hrs, or see website) Travel agency bookings 1300 888 449 Vehicle storage 3272 5982 Vehicle inspections 13 1905 OFFICES Head Office 13 1905 P.O. Box 4, Springwood, Qld 4127 Branch/retail offices See 'RACQ' in the phone directory or racq.com. RACQ BOARD Club Patron Penelope Wensley, AC, Governor of Queensland President & Chairman Geoff Leddy Vice Pres. & Dep. Chairman Nigel Alexander Directors Fay Barker, Tony Gambling, Dennis Howe, Elizabeth Jameson, Stephen Maitland, Bronwyn Morris, Karl Morris, Richard Pietsch Chief Executive Officer Ian Gillespie ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2012 6 COMMUNITY VIEWPOINT AS I WRITE this column on the day of the State Budget's release, there is little doubt it was a tough one for many across Queensland and saw some major surgery performed across many government departments. As members would know, the RACQ has campaigned strongly over the past 12 months, including during this year's State Election, to secure funding for roads right across this state. It was with some satisfaction then that we were able to cautiously welcome the State Budget's road funding for 2012/13. The initial budget estimates showed that overall transport funding would be maintained at more than $6 billion in 2012/13, with road transport accounting for more than $4.5 billion. On first glance this is an increase on last year's road funding of $3.35 billion, but we are seeing a big injection of Federal Government funding for reconstruction efforts following the floods and cyclone damage of 2011. However, we were happy to see the State Government honour its commitments on the Bruce Highway upgrades, additional police on our roads, a three-year freeze on car registration and money towards the removal of the rail/road crossings in the Brisbane suburbs of Bracken Ridge and Geebung. We also saw some vital funding, over and above the $1 billion commitment, continuing to pour into the Bruce Highway, including $60 million for the Cooroy to Curra section and vital funding for the entrance to Cairns. Road transport funding is vital over the next decade if the State Government is going to meet its commitments on its four pillars of the economy. All four -- tourism, agriculture, resources and construction RACQ WELCOMES BUDGET -- CAUTIOUSLY IAN GILLESPIE, RACQ GROUP CEO -- depend on an efficient road transport network. There were some disappointments, in particular the cuts to State Government road safety programs of more than $4 million. These programs form an important part of road safety education for Queenslanders, and help fund a regime of measures including television campaigns. Queensland's road toll is already higher than the same time last year. A reduction from $66 million in last year's budget to $61.2 million in 2012- 13 will lead to a reduction in some programs. This is particularly disappointing considering the direct correlation between road funding and road trauma. There were 269 lives lost on Queensland roads in 2011 and thousands more were seriously injured, costing Queensland an estimated $4 billion. A reduction in the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS), from $63 million to $40 million, will also hit local council projects hard. This could include everything from school crossings to car parks. Overall though, despite a very tough budget with cuts across the board, the State Government has maintained a relatively strong ongoing commitment to road funding, which is good for motorists, and good for Queensland.
August 1st 2012