Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP)



The RDA Townsville and North West Queensland Committee initiated the concept of an inland roads project based on consultations with local governments and the success of the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Bruce Highway Action Plan in securing nearly $9 billion in funding commitments over 10 years.


RDA engaged with key stakeholders to hold forums in Longreach in December 2013 and Mount Isa in August 2014 to test the need, opportunity and appetite for collaboration on a project which has become known as the Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP).


The IQ-RAP project is focussed on long-term planning for strategic regional freight and tourism routes. To develop the first Inland Queensland Roads Action Plan, 49 partners including 33 local governments, eight Regional Roads and Transport Groups, five RDA Committees, the NQ RDA Alliance, the South-West Regional Economic Development organisation and RACQ provided funding in a bi-partisan approach to collaborative planning.


All partners supported the objectives of IQ-RAP to increase safety and productivity on the inland Queensland regional road network while also opening up new opportunities for economic development such as creating on-going jobs and opening up tourism opportunities.


The first plan was publicly launched in Charters Towers in February 2016. 


The IQ-RAP is designed to be used as a planning tool to inform future state and national road network and broader transport planning, programs and investment decisions.


RDA provides the Secretariat and project management services on an in-kind basis. The Working Group, made up of representatives from RRTGs, RDAs and RACQ, operates as a board in making key decisions at monthly teleconference meetings.  The Working Group is chaired by Cr Rick Britton, Mayor of Boulia Shire; and Deputy Chairs are Cr Jane McNamara, Mayor of Flinders Shire and Cr Tom Gilmore, Mayor of Mareeba Shire, all of whom are volunteers to support their local government colleagues in this initiative.


Key documents




IQ-RAP Resident Profile


IQ-RAP Resident Profile as at 10 August, 2018.



IQ-RAP Public Presentations 








Letters of Support for IQ-RAP 



Industry and other Stakeholders


IQ-RAP Media Releases



IQ-RAP Media - Letters to the Editor Published




IQ-RAP Media Coverage

The IQ-RAP Working Group has regularly generated media interest in the IQ-RAP. 





IQ-RAP Project Work

  • Past project updates:

November 2017
August 2017
23 December, 2016
25 August, 2016
20 May, 2016
21 March, 2016
29 February, 2016
7 January, 2016




Presentations from the Regional Roads Forum




Roads Related Information






Subscribe to our Newsletter