Council to object to abolishment of regional roads group

GLADSTONE Regional Council will object to a proposal to create a regional roads group for Fitzroy instead of Gladstone.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the Roads Alliance Board had indicated its intention to end the Gladstone Regional Road Group in 2013.

The Gladstone group's demise is in favour of the formation of a Fitzroy Regional Road Group which will cluster the Gladstone Region with Banana, Rockhampton and the Central Highlands. 

The Roads Alliance Board was established in 2002 as custodians of Queensland's regional road network.

It was formed to enable the Department of Transport and Main Roads and local governments to jointly respond to the transport infrastructure needs and regional priorities of communities.

Regional Road Groups (RRG) determine Local Roads of Regional Significance investment priorities.

"The Gladstone RRG is performing well and there seems to be little supporting evidence as to why this should be changed," Cr Sellers said.

"Functionality of a larger regional group may prove more difficult than the single, concentrated groups which currently exist. 

"Adjustments to the boundaries, while increasing the coverage area, will not necessarily offer benefits unless a common road network strategy is shared and extra funding is available to the expanded group."

Council will request the Central Queensland Local Government Association to convene an extra ordinary meeting of member Councils to discuss the Road Alliance boundary review proposal.

Furthermore, Council will respond to the Roads Alliance's request for feedback on the proposed boundary changes and voice concerns.