New Highway Taskforce hits the road
A new joint local
government taskforce spearheaded by Southern Downs Regional Council, will lobby
for the upgrade of the New England and Cunningham highways.
from Scenic Rim Regional Council (SRRC) and Tenterfield Shire Council (TSC) joined
Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) at its Chambers in Warwick yesterday to
begin discussions about the importance of much-needed upgrades to the New
England and Cunningham highways, which run through the three local government
Taskforce was established following a resolution by Southern Downs Regional
Council at its General Meeting on 26 October 2016. Invitations were extended to
several neighbouring local governments to be involved, with SRRC and TSC
answering the call.
Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said she was pleased to welcome representatives to the
inaugural taskforce meeting, including Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen and
Director Infrastructure Services, Patrick Murphy, and Tenterfield Shire Cr Gary
Verri and Chief Operating Officer, Andre Kompler.
meeting enabled the Taskforce to set the scene and explore opportunities for
advocacy to State and Federal Governments as a combined group of councils.
“We have some
shared issues and aspirations relating to these two highways. These include
road safety design concerns and known blackspots, the increasing volume of
heavy vehicles and road freight activity and the impact on the safety of
residents, pedestrians and passenger vehicles, and how upgrades could enhance
opportunities for growth and development of our regions.
the first step forward for the taskforce in developing our advocacy plan, but
there is much work yet to be done. Southern Downs Regional Council looks
forward to working closely with both Scenic Rim and Tenterfield to further our
joint interests in these highway improvements for the benefit of our respective
communities into the long term,” said Cr Dobie.
The next meeting
of the Highway Taskforce is scheduled to be held in November 2017.
ROAD: Members of the new Highway Taskforce held their inaugural meeting in
Warwick on August 9, 2017.
L-R: Deputy Mayor Jo McNally (SDRC), Cr Gary Verri (TSC), Mayor Tracy Dobie
(SDRC), Mayor Greg Christensen (SRRC), Chief Operating Officer, Andre Kompler
(TSC), Director Engineering Services, Peter See (SDRC), and Director
Infrastructure Services, Patrick Murphy (SRRC).