Transporting cattle to sales and to local abattoirs is about to get a whole lot more efficient in Central and North Queensland thanks to nearly $110 million in federal funding road announced today.
In Capricornia the figure includes $20 million for a new Type 1 road train route from the Gracemere saleyards to two abattoirs in Rockhampton; and nearly $7 million to progress the sealing of the notorious Clermont-Alpha road in the region’s far west.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry was at announcement near Rockhampton today with Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester and Federal Minister for Northern Australia Matthew Canavan.
Ms Landry said the funding comes from two federal buckets: the Commonwealth Beef Roads Program and the Commonwealth Northern Australia Roads Program.
“Capricornia marks the gateway to Northern Australia and the aim is to fund high priority projects in Northern Australia that are essential to the economic development of our North,” Ms Landry said.
“Most significantly the federal government will contribute $20 million towards upgrading the transport corridor from the Gracemere saleyards through to Rockhampton’s abattoir precinct to allow Type 1 road trains into the city without the need to uncouple.
“Previously, these cattle trucks had to leave one of their trailers full of cattle at Gracemere and return for it – doubling fuel and transport costs.”
Ms Landry said: “The second major work will see $6.97 million spent to help gradually bitumen another three sections of the Clermont-Alpha Road. This area has been crying out for funding for some time. This is a start and I will be fighting for more funding for future stages of this road.”
“We are the beef capital of Australia and this is important funding for country industries and will contribute to more efficiency and safety in livestock transport,” Ms Landry said.