Roads Program and Partnerships

Roads program and partnerships highlights our proud history of working with First Nations strategic partners to deliver our roads program.

Transport and road infrastructure plays a significant role in supporting improved social and economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout Queensland.  By delivering a single integrated transport network accessible to everyone, we provide people with better access to goods and services.

Our roads program and projects have demonstrated how it is possible to build internal capacity that enables substantial business development, employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.

Roads and Transport Alliance: Indigenous participation

The Roads and Transport Alliance partnership enables TMR and local government to jointly respond to the transport infrastructure needs of Queensland’s regional communities.  

Five Aboriginal Shire Councils currently participate in the Alliance through established Regional Roads and Transport Groups (RRTGs). RRTGs are comprised of elected local government representatives and the TMR District Director. RRTGs receive Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) funding to manage and invest in significant regional transport infrastructure.   

Participation in the Alliance has several benefits, including: 

  • empowering Aboriginal Shire Councils and communities with the authority to prioritise and plan transport investments
  • developing and supporting collaborative relationships between Aboriginal Shire Councils, other councils, and the TMR district offices
  • improving the capability of Aboriginal Shire Councils in core Alliance functions including program development, asset management, joint purchasing and resource sharing, and road safety.

Sanjay Ram—North Queensland Regional Director (TMR), on community outcomes for projects in the Far North

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Aboriginal Shire Council participation in the Roads and Transport Alliance

In 2014, the Roads and Transport Alliance Board welcomed 5 Aboriginal Shire Councils to the Alliance. These were Doomadgee, Kowanyama, Woorabinda, Wujal Wujal and Yarrabah. Each council became full members of the Regional Roads and Transport Group for their area. The partnership enables us to work with local government to jointly and effectively respond to the transport infrastructure needs across Queensland. In 2015, our Government Partnerships team facilitated the transition of 5 Aboriginal Shire Councils (ASCs) as full members of Regional Roads and Transport Groups (RRTGs) for a transition period of 5 years. TMR supported the 5 Aboriginal Shire Councils to work with neighbouring councils in their RRTGs to manage their own funding allocations, identify network needs and program and deliver improvements.