FUNDING FLOWS FOR VITAL ROAD SAFETY UPGRADES IN CAPRICORNIA

The Hon Michael McCormack MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
Leader of The Nationals
Federal Member for Riverina

The Hon Michelle Landry MP
Federal Member for Capricornia
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
Assistant Minister for Northern Australia

MEDIA RELEASE

The Australian and Queensland Governments have unlocked joint funding of $16 million for upgrades to the Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, May Downs Road and Clermont-Alpha Road.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the timing could not be better to see funding flow to deliver vital road safety upgrades in Capricornia.

“Unlocking this funding means we can get these projects underway, providing a much-needed boost to local jobs and the economy at a time when it couldn’t be needed more,” Ms Landry said.

“I am pleased to see Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, May Downs Road and Clermont-Alpha Road in Capricornia will receive $16 million in joint funding to undertake progressive sealing and pavement strengthen and resilience works.

“This will support around 39 jobs over the course of the works.

“Every single local job we support in Capricornia by investing in infrastructure projects means one less worry for another Australian and their family, reliable work on the books for local construction companies and more cash flowing through local businesses and communities doing it tough,” Ms Landry said

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government has unlocked more than $97 million in federal funding under the Regional Economic Enabling Fund to get 23 critical projects across the state underway as soon as possible.

“By investing in vital infrastructure upgrades that ensure our road networks are more reliable, we are making local communities safer and industries more productive,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“These upgrades form part of our joint investment to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety upgrades in Queensland which will create jobs and much-needed economic stimulus in response to COVID-19.

“Our record $110 billion infrastructure pipeline is continuing to drive our economic recovery while improving our road networks, getting Australians home sooner and safer.”

Details for each project include:

Project nameAustralian Government Funding ($m)Total project cost ($m)
(weather permitting)
Construction Start
Date (weather permitting)
Construction End
Date (weather permitting)
Jobs
Supported
Clermont – Alpha Road: Progressive sealing2.413.01Nov 2020Dec 202110
Rockhampton – Yeppoon Road: Pavement strengthening and resilience4.005.00Apr 2021Sept 202116
May Downs Road: progressive sealing6.408.00Jan 2021Mar 202213

The $16 million in funding for progressive sealing and pavement strengthening works on the Rockhampton Yeppoon Road, May Downs Road and Clermont-Alpha Road is jointly funded, with the Australian Government committing $12.81 million and the Queensland Government $3.2 million.

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