$500 Million for Better Rural and Regional Roads in Queensland HOME > $500 Million for Better Rural and Regional Roads in Queensland

The Federal Labor Opposition have pledged $500 million funding to deliver the upgrade of Queensland’s inland road network, including 3000 kilometres of roads and up to 300 bridges.

Queensland is Australia’s most decentralised state with half of Queensland’s economic activity taking place outside of Brisbane.

Federal Labor Opposition proposed to focus on:

  • the Barkly Highway between Mt Isa and Cloncurry
  • the Capricorn Highway between Emerald and Rocky
  • the Mitchell Highway from Cunnamulla to Charleville
  • the Kennedy Highway between Cairns and Mareeba

The Opposition additionally committed to fund:

  • Widen the Townsville Port Channel ($75 million)
  • Extend the Bruce Highway to Cairns Airport ($40 million)
  • Deliver the Rookwood Weir ($176 million)
  • Invest $100 million in Townsville Water Security and $200 million in the Burdekin Dam
  • Help build Stage 2 of the Mackay Ring Road ($100 million)
  • Construct the Rockhampton Levee ($25 million)
  • Upgrade the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road ($47.5 million)
  • Help build the Gladstone Port Access Road ($100 million)
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