Apr 04, 2019

Funds pledge for Gladstone port access

Funds pledge for Gladstone port access

The Federal Government has committed up to $100 million to the upgrade road access to the port at Gladstone.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Gladstone Port Access Road Extension project was a priority in order to support the state’s mining, agriculture and other export industries.

“This is big news for the big-employing industries such as mining and agricultural exporters that are the economic backbone of the great state of Queensland, as it will tackle congestion and safety issues that hamper access to the port,” Mr McCormack said.

“Our investment in upgrades to the Gladstone Port Access Road is an important step in ensuring that our freight supply chains are supported by fit-for-purpose road infrastructure.

“Gladstone residents will also benefit from less heavy freight vehicles on local roads. This project will address safety concerns caused by heavy vehicles interacting with local and general commuter traffic, as well as supporting the more efficient movement of freight along supply chains.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the government was further supporting industries across Queensland by investing $840 million to support the efficiency and safety of seven key freight corridors, including between Mount Isa and Rockhampton.

“Funded under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, this investment will address pinch points along these corridors, improving travel times, better connecting communities and supporting the economy through lower business costs,” Mr O’Dowd said.

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