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    Minister for Main Roads and Local Government
    The Honourable Warren Pitt

    Improved roads a priority for new Regional Road Groups

    Minister for Main Roads and Local Government
    The Honourable Warren Pitt

    Tuesday, November 25, 2008

    Improved roads a priority for new Regional Road Groups

    Queensland councils, Main Roads and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) have reconfirmed their commitment to work together to improve Queensland roads, with the formation of 19 new Regional Road Groups (RRGs).

    Minster for Main Roads and Local Government Warren Pit said the RRGs had replaced previous groups and took into account council changes resulting from local government reform.

    "The RRGs are structured around new council and Main Roads regional boundaries to best enable state and local government to jointly deliver on regional road priorities," Mr Pitt said.

    "RRGs are the primary decision-making bodies of the Roads Alliance and influence the planning and management of the Local Roads of Regional Significance (LRRS) network.

    "In most cases, they comprise regional groupings of councils and Main Roads representatives and were formed with consideration of regional economic, social, environmental and geographic characteristics."

    LGAQ president Cr Paul Bell said the confirmation of the new RRGs followed the signing of the 2008-2013 Roads Alliance memorandum of agreement (MoA) on 2 September at the LGAQ annual conference in Cairns.

    "The MoA and the new RRGs formalise the ongoing commitment of Main Roads, the LGAQ and local government to collaborative decision-making through the Roads Alliance," Cr Bell said.

    "The Roads Alliance board will also consider the wider participation of Indigenous councils in the Roads Alliance at its next meeting, following an expression of interest from Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council."

    The Roads Alliance is a commitment by Main Roads and local government (represented by the LGAQ) to deliver better roads sooner across Queensland, co-operatively manage the LRRS network and improve capability and efficiency.

    The LRRS network is comprised of roads of similar function including lower-order state-controlled roads and higher-order local government roads.

    RRG membership is as follows:

    Regional Road Group

    Local government membership

    Banana RRG

    Banana Shire Council

    Brisbane Metro Alliance RRG

    Brisbane City Council

    Central Highlands/ Isaac Regional Roads Partnership

    Central Highlands Regional Council, Isaac Regional Council

    Dalby RRG

    Dalby Regional Council

    Eastern Downs RRG

    Toowoomba Regional Council

    Far North Queensland RRG

    Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Cook Shire Council, Tablelands Regional Council

    Northern South East Queensland (SEQ) RRG

    Moreton Bay Regional Council, Somerset Regional Council, Sunshine Coast Regional Council

    North Queensland RRG

    Townsville City Council, Charters Towers Regional Council, Burdekin Shire Council, Hinchinbrook Shire Council

    North West Queensland RRG

    Burke Shire Council, Carpentaria Shire Council, Cloncurry Shire Council, Croydon Shire Council, Etheridge Shire Council, Flinders Shire Council, Mornington Shire Council, McKinlay Shire Council, Mount Isa City Council, Richmond Shire Council

    Gladstone RRG

    Gladstone Regional Council

    Regional Organisation of Councils Cape York RRG

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Councils, Cook Shire Council

    Rockhampton RRG

    Rockhampton Regional Council

    Scenic Valley RRG

    Ipswich City Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Scenic Rim Regional Council

    South West RRG

    Balonne Shire Council, Bulloo Shire Council, Murweh Shire Council, Paroo Shire Council, Quilpie Shire Council, Roma Regional Council

    Southern Border RRG

    Goondiwindi Regional Council, Southern Downs Regional Council

    Southern RRG

    Gold Coast City Council, Logan City Council, Redland City Council

    Outback RRG

    Barcoo Shire Council, Barcaldine Regional Council, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, Boulia Shire Council,

    Diamantina Shire Council, Longreach Regional Council, Winton Shire Council

    Whitsunday RRG

    Whitsunday Regional Council, Mackay Regional Council

    Wide Bay Burnett RRG

    Bundaberg Regional Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council

    Media contact: Minister Pitt’s Office 3227 8819.