QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT COMMITS ROAD UPGRADES FOR WESTERN QUEENSLAND
The Queensland Government Budget 2018-19 has committed $800 million for local transport and road network upgrades throughout Western Queensland. The Government noted the importance of Western Queensland’s agricultural, natural resource and tourism sectors as its primary motivation for infrastructure funding.
In addition, the infrastructure upgrade aims to assist communities and economies negatively impacted by drought and challenging economic conditions in recent years. The funding will also improve the safety and reliability of the state-controlled road and transport networks.
These infrastructure upgrades will ensure a viable pipeline of economic development to increase local jobs and support local business through demand for materials, products and services over the next four years.
The Queensland Government will also commit $280 million over four years to the 50:50 state/local governments ‘Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.’
Key investments in western Queensland in 2018-19 include:
- $50 million Kennedy Developmental Road (Hann Highway), The Lynd – Hughenden, for progressive sealing, including $13 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded)
- $25 million Landsborough Highway (Longreach – Winton), Dingo Creek – Darr River, pavement strengthening and widening, including $6.4 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded).
- $16.5 million Carnarvon Highway, St George – Surat, pavement widening, including $8.7 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded).
- $8.7 million Clermont – Alpha Road, pave and seal, including $6 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded).
- $6.2 million Barkly Highway (Cloncurry – Mount Isa), intersection upgrades, including $4 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded).
- $6 million Wills Developmental Road (Julia Creek – Burketown), Beames Brook Bridge, new two-lane concrete bridge, including $4.8 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded).
- $5 million Diamantina Developmental Road (Boulia – Dajarra), pavement rehabilitation and widening, including $4.2 million in 2018-19 (jointly-funded).
- $5 million for priority road works across western Queensland in 2018-19 as a supplement to the Western Roads Upgrade Package, which has already invested $40 million over 2 years improving local infrastructure and supporting local jobs.
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