The Queensland Government has announced it will invest $800 million into the local transport and road network of Western Queensland.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the was a gateway to the region’s economic development over the next four years.
“This will provide a viable pipeline of economic development, backing local workers and supporting local business through demand for materials, products and services,” he said.
This is so much more than upgrading important rural and regional roads, we are backing locals, workers, and small business – this is a win for everyone.”
Mr Bailey said the funding will improve the safety and reliability of state-controlled road and transport networks.
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.