A far north Queensland mayor says the Federal Government needs to provide up to five times more roads funding to local councils.
Representatives from rural councils across the country are meeting in Canberra today to form a lobby group that will push for more Federal Government money.
The Commonwealth is providing $71 million in roads funding to Queensland councils this financial year through its Roads to Recovery program.
But Tablelands’ Mayor Tom Gilmore says rural councils desperately need more.
“I’m here to speak about hundreds of kilometres of remote gravel and dirt tracks, very often cut by the wet season, always in a poor state and with insufficient money to be able to maintain them,” he said.
“Of course that’s not the whole answer, because since we’ve lost our rail services, we’ve got heavy vehicles serving southern markets with heavy vegetables and fruit and other things and our cattle of course are travelling very long distances in very difficult circumstances.”