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Bruce Highway Trust Advisory Council

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The establishment of the Bruce Highway Trust Advisory Council (BHTAC) is a key commitment under the Queensland Government’s Future-Proofing the Bruce policy.

The BHTAC will oversee the development of a 15-year Vision and three, five-year rolling Action Plans on this nationally significant link to:

  • unlock economic growth
  • build flood resilience and
  • improve safety.

The BHTAC is supported by a Technical Working Group established within the Department of Transport and Main Roads comprising technical and subject-matter experts.


The BHTAC brings together leaders of Queensland’s peak transport and industry bodies to provide a state-wide perspective and drive a long-term vision for jobs and upgrades on Queensland’s longest road, the 1,677km Bruce Highway.

Members of the BHTAC include:

  • Chair – Peter Garske, a Director on the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council and former Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Trucking Association
  • Deputy Chair – Barbara Madden, Company Director of the Smithfield Group

Ex-officio members of key peak bodies include:

  • Chief Executive Officer, Local Government Association of Queensland – Greg Hallam AM, PSM
  • Chief Communication Officer, Royal Automobile Club of Queensland – Paul Turner
  • Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Trucking Association – Gary Mahon
  • Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Farmers’ Federation – Dr Georgina Davis
  • Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Tourism Industry Council – Daniel Gschwind
  • Branch secretary, Transport Workers’ Union Queensland – Peter Biagini

Department of Transport and Main Roads Director-General Neil Scales and Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Secretary Simon Atkinson will also participate in the Trust to provide subject matter and governance expertise.


On 26 November 2020, the second BHTAC meeting was held in Brisbane at the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Meeting Communiques

Future Communiques will made available on this website following each meeting of the Council.

Contact information

For more information about the BHTAC please contact at

Last updated
12 February 2021