Huge Boost to Regional Queensland
Billions of dollars of investment and tens of thousands of jobs are being delivered by the State Government on transport and roads projects in regional Queensland.
The Premier told Parliament that over the next four years, the government’s Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program is delivering $12.6 billion in infrastructure outside the Brisbane region, supporting more than 11,000 jobs.
“Regional Queensland is the lifeblood of this state and a key contributor to the Queensland economy, particularly for our agriculture, natural resources and tourism sectors,” the Premier said.
“This funding is so much more than upgrading important rural and regional roads, it’s the gateway to the regions’ economic development.
“We are backing locals, workers, and small business through this funding.”
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the Bruce Highway was the main artery connecting regional communities.
“Under the jointly funded 15 year Bruce Highway program, the State Government is spending $1.3 Billion on Bruce upgrades over the next four years,” Mr Bailey said.
“On top of that, we have committed $200 million a year of additional funding as part of our Bruce Highway Trust commitment.
“This is in addition to our $236 million we are delivering for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) in regional areas to partner with councils.
The State Government roads and transport program includes:
- The $152 million Smithfield bypass is on track for completion next year and is supporting 115 jobs.
- The $381 million Bruce Highway upgrade between Edmonton and Gordonvale, that will support 466 jobs.
- The $104.1 million Bruce Highway upgrade south of the Cairns CBD between Kate Street and Aumuller Street that will create 113 jobs.
- The $276 million Cape York Region Package supporting Indigenous training and jobs.
- $102.9 million towards the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project on the Bruce Highway 50 kilometres south of Townsville.
- $42 million for pavement widening and strengthening of the Gregory Development Road from Charters Towers to the Lynd due to be completed next year.
- In January this year, the Cape River Bridge, a $35 million project on the Gregory Development Road, was completed.
- In October last year the $43.5 million first stage of Riverway Drive near Townsville, was completed, that supported 82 jobs.
- $200 million committed to the Rockhampton Ring Road which will support 780 jobs.
- $24 million committed to the Rockhampton Northern Access upgrade
- $99 million invested in the Mackay Ring Road stage 1 where 1,000 workers have been inducted on-site – 80% of those are locals
- $30 million towards the Walkerston Bypass that supports another 200 jobs.
- $18 million towards the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade Project
- Delivery of the $28 million Vines Creek Bridges in Mackay last year that supported 42 jobs
- $20 million committed to improve safety along the Gladstone-Benaraby Road
Wide Bay region:
- $12 million committed to the Burnett River Rail bridge upgrade and the $335 million NGR train rectification will be delivered in Maryborough supporting 100 local jobs.
- $200 million towards the Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra (Section D) supporting 576 jobs, with preconstruction works underway.
- $641.4 million committed supporting 932 direct jobs on roads and transport projects in the Central West, North West and South West.
- This includes $40 million for a western roads package including $13 million for the Diamantina Developmental road.
- Delivering the sealing of the remaining 42 kilometres of the Kennedy Development Road with Queensland funding 20% of this $53 million project.