Potential Extension for Urraween Road in Hervey Bay
In April, the $5.1 million upgrade of Urraween Road between Nissen Street and Main Street was completed. The Commonwealth Government has now indicated a potential investment in further infrastructure development of Urraween Road.
On Monday 14th, Commonwealth and local government officials met to discuss the potential extension. The Commonwealth Government’s 2018-19 Budget highlighted the ten year $75 billion spending plan on infrastructure development. The spending plan aims to build better road and rail facilities, reduce congestion, and increase productivity growth in addition to supporting local small and medium enterprises.
A number of Commonwealth Government infrastructure development initiatives were proposed to support local government authorities in necessary regional development including:
- Roads of Strategic Importance
- Blackspot and Roads to Recovery
- Building Better Regions Fund
The Roads of Strategic Importance fund allots a $3.5 billion in funding along with Roads to Recovery funding are accessible by local government authorities to assist with vital infrastructure development. In addition, the Building Better Regions Fund provides $200 million funding round for regional infrastructure projects.
The development of road infrastructure supports local communities through the reduction of congestion and supports local SMEs and civil contractors. The Commonwealth indicated its intention to engage with local and Queensland Government authorities to support further infrastructure development.
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