As part of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, $14.4 million will be injected into new road upgrades in Queensland.
The projects, which are being run by five local governments, will be supported by the Australian Government who will contribute u to 50 per cent of total funding.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the merit-based selection process for the projects resulted in roads between Emerald and Clermont, near Portsmith, Roma, Bromelton, Walkamin and Tomoulin being the focus for improvement.
“Nationally, the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $200 million for projects through to 2019, as yet another example of the Australian Government’s commitment to building safe, productive infrastructure to meet the needs of today and well into the future,” Minister Truss said.
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the road upgrades would greatly improve the efficiency of freight movements into and out of key agricultural regions across the state.
“A smoother, more efficient freight network is crucial to Queensland’s economy. It underpins economic growth and jobs for the future,” Mr Bailey said.
Mr Bailey said the $564,000 upgrade of Tingira Street, Portsmith, which runs through the spine of Cairns’ industrial precinct, would enable larger vehicles to access the busy freight route.
“Councils across Queensland will be a vital part of the implementation and roll-out of many of the projects selected for funding, and that means jobs for local workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Mr Bailey said.
A full list of Queensland projects receiving funding under the programme is available here.