RoadTek reform: value for taxpayer dollars
Posted : Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The model for Queensland's major provider of transport and
infrastructure solutions, RoadTek, discourages innovation and is
not cost effective, Queensland Minister for Transport and Main
Roads, Scott Emerson has told a CEDA audience in Brisbane.
"One of the first major changes in the transport and main roads
portfolio will be to reform the delivery model of RoadTek to remove
it from unfairly tendering against private companies in mature
markets, such as south east Queensland," he said.
"This will address the poor value for money and lack of
innovation being delivered by the public sector to ensure we
deliver...better transport infrastructure for every taxpayer dollar
the government invests."
RoadTek, a commercial business within Department of Transport
and Main Roads, delivered around $310m worth of projects so far
this financial year in south east Queensland, he said.
"In future, these projects will be put out to (tender to) the
most innovative companies and councils to deliver in the most cost
effective way, to deliver the best value for taxpayer dollars," he
"RoadTek will move towards a model based on delivering internal
capabilities to the regions which will allow them to focus on
boosting their expertise to deliver projects where the private
"And of course RoadTek will continue to exist; providing
immediate emergency response capability should it be required."
Mr Emerson said this reform will help deliver taxpayer value for
money, support the State's economy and assist in delivering four
per cent unemployment for the State within six years.
On other transport challenges Mr Emerson said he wants to
restore confidence in public transport in three ways:
- Improve affordability - including by halving planned fare
- Increase network reliability - a full audit report will be
received at the end of June; and
- Increase frequency - including 2000 additional weekly bus
services as of the 11 June.
On cross over rail projects Mr Emerson said if the numbers stack
up and it's affordable then they will progress. However, if it's
unaffordable and therefore undeliverable, they would look at
On the Bruce Highway, which is a national road, he said the
Queensland Government made an election promise to fund an extra $1
billion over 10 years on the proviso that the Federal Government
also increases their investment.
Mr Emerson said that due to the State's financial situation,
reviews and audits are being undertaken and the State Government
will first deliver on election promised projects and then others it
The next event in the CEDA Queensland Transport Infrastructure
series, which will focus on new approaches to meet increasing
demand, is on Wednesday 29 August. For more information click
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