Queensland cuts red tape for crane operators


The crane industry is benefitting from relaxed permit restrictions, with single-trip permits no longer required for a number of roads and bridges across Queensland.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the permit relaxation would play an important role in getting more Queensland projects finished.

“We’ve seen a 45 per cent reduction in permit applications since the relaxation took place in May 2022, meaning we’re saving valuable time for Queensland businesses,” Bailey said.

“With $29.7 billion being spent by the Palaszczuk Government on Queensland road and transport projects over the next four years alone, making it easier for cranes to move around the state has never been more important.

“We’re delivering better services for across the state, helping Queensland industry get work done.”

Bailey said restrictions had been lifted on a number of structures, including different types of bridges and culverts.

“Wait times for heavy mobile cranes are now well below the 28-day threshold, which is good news for all involved,” he said.

“This is another example of our commitment to making it easier to build in Queensland.”

Transport and Main Roads worked in partnership with the Crane Industry Council of Australia to review the load capacities of the top 30 crossed structures for heavy mobile cranes operating on key Queensland roads.

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