Southern Downs Regional Council lobbies State Government for future of region's transport
5 March 2019
A new 15
year transport plan has the potential to shape the future of the Southern Downs
with Council outlining how a single, integrated network could best transform
Downs Regional Council has reviewed a proposed transport plan from the
Queensland Government and provided feedback that puts more focus on the
initiative of the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), the draft
Darling Downs Regional Transport Plan (DDRTP) aims to integrate the region’s
transport networks into a unified, single network.
for Transport, Infrastructure and Utilities Marika McNichol said the draft DDRTP
is a good start but focuses on Toowoomba and needs to consider the needs of the
next 15 years, the DDRTP will transform the region’s transport system into one that
focuses on supporting economic growth, enhancing liveability, transport safety
and network resilience,” Cr McNichol said.
will upgrade and integrate the region’s roads, rail networks, airports and other
transport corridors which will improve access to areas both within the region
provided feedback to TMR that the draft plan has room to improve, and
highlighted how the proposed plan can better serve the needs of the Southern
Downs and its residents.”
response included identifying projects that improve freight access for the
region’s primary producers and industries, and improving road safety for
motorists and cyclists.
outlined creating new public transport routes to Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport
as well as linking the Southern Downs with the proposed Inland Rail project and
passenger rail networks between Toowoomba and Brisbane.
Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said that the proposed plan is crucial to developing
the region for the future.
“Creating a single,
integrated transport network across the Darling Downs will have enormous
benefits for the region, but it needs to benefit and work for everyone” Cr
access to essential services, employment and education will provide new opportunities
for our residents and encourage others to move and invest in our region.
access to recreational activities will not only make our residents happier and
healthier, but will encourage more tourists to the Southern Downs and boost the
has the potential to transform the Darling Downs, and Council is ensuring the
Southern Downs and our residents reap as many benefits as it possibly can.”
information on the DDRTP, visit TMR’s website or email TMR_Regional_Transport_Plans@tmr.qld.gov.au.
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