The Federal Coalition Government continues to support the motorists of Central Queensland with vital road funding making a difference across the region.
Hard-working Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said she was pleased to see such investment in important infrastructure.
“Our roads are the lifeblood of our region; they carry our goods, our food, our livestock, and our families.
“With the broad distances travelled by so many Central Queenslanders, it is just so important we ensure maintenance and upgrades are prioritised to maximise the efficiency and safety of our network.
“The Federal Government has invested a huge amount across the region lately and while many have been frustrated by the slow approach of the Queensland Government, it is fantastic to see these projects now fully-funded and assumedly ready for construction.” Ms Landry said.
“Across six projects in CQ, the federal government has delivered $232.9 million funding, providing for not just a better road network but more jobs for more Central Queenslanders.”
Ms Landry said that while much work is set to start, other roads are crying out for attention.
“We really need to see safety issues addressed on the Beef road between Dingo and Nebo; its not good enough to have people crashing and dying on the road just because its remote.
“I am willing to fight for more funding for this vital road, but we need to see action from the State Government, what are they prioritising and how much do we need to stop these unnecessary accidents?”
“We also need to deal with congestion and safety within Rockhampton, Bruce Highway traffic plays a big part in choking our bridges each day.
“We need to start to prioritise the third bridge as part of a Ring Road.
“This project would provide a golden opportunity for not only hundreds of construction jobs, but to future-proof the industrial areas of Rockhampton by connecting Gracemere and Parkhurst.
“I have seen plans, I have heard proposals, TMR is already working on the corridor, I’m prepared to do what it takes to push this project further up the ‘priority list’,” said Ms Landry
“CQ is the region producing a big whack of the wealth we all rely on; it is only fair we see further investment in our roads.”
The six projects recently announced are:
· Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade – AG $96.8 million (80 per cent)
· Capricorn Highway (Rockhampton - Gracemere) Duplication – AG $60 million (80 per cent).
· Capricorn Highway (Rockhampton to Emerald) Overtaking Lanes – AG $15.2 million (80 per cent)
· Bruce Highway (Benaraby top Rockhampton) – Benaraby to Calliope River – AG $29.3 (80 per cent within the Bruce Highway Safety Package)
· Rockhampton Road Train Access – AG $20 million (80 per cent). Construction: Early 2019
· Rockhampton (Bajool – Port Alma Road) Pavement widening – AG $11.6 million (80 per cent).
Construction: Early 2019 – Mid 2019.