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Our priorities

These ten top critical projects have been identified as having the most profound effect on the region’s social, economic and environmental future:  1 Progress national road infrastructure.  Bruce Highway upgrades to the region including Sandy Gully, Goorganga Plains, Sarina to Mackay sections, Proserpine to Ayr, and Mackay Ring Road. These upgrades will avoid transport congestion, address flooding and safety issues and increase the productivity of the region.  2 Investment in regional roads  Specifically, the Peak Downs Highway; the Galilee and Bowen Basin connecting roads; and the Belyando Estate Bridge to enable the development of the mining industry and agricultural industries.  3 Create a long-term infrastructure plan  Designed to ensure the prioritisation and sequencing of infrastructure across the region, including alignment to the Northern Queensland Strategy.  4 Develop the region’s social infrastructure  Through better planning and investment to attract and retain families in the region and ensure greater community wellbeing and health outcomes for our diverse communities.  5 Enhance the accessibility and affordability of energy and water supplies  By developing a Northern Queensland Energy Plan and regional water strategy and undertake planning and development for appropriate regional sewerage supply.  6 Develop the port infrastructure  Ensure alignment with the road infrastructure planning, rail capacity and enable greater export to national and international markets.  7 Increase telecommunications services across the region  Address safety concerns in rural communities; and work to ensure that the NBN recognises the need to provide services to the rural communities, especially communities with high non-resident or transient populations.  8 Progress regional education and training opportunities  Particularly through the dual-sector merger of Central Queensland University and the Central Queensland TAFE, as well as preparing a Central Queensland Workforce Development Strategy.  9 Develop regional aviation strategies  To allow for greater connectivity for our communities, increase tourism, improve mining worker access, and increased export opportunities to Asia.  10 Enhance the safety and efficiency of the regional rail network  Including fostering the development of one rail system for movement of coal product, enabling greater agriculture and livestock transport, moving fuel transport from road to rail, and connecting with the national freight strategy.

Our Projects

RDA Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday has managed and/or participated in on-ground projects which were identified as key focus areas for the region by consultation and community engagement.

These projects have ranged in both scale (regional, cross-regional, broader) as well as domain (social, economic and environmental themes). Each project has contributed to the knowledge base that is used to prioritise and pursue regional projects.