Mar 13, 2016

Infrastructure plan – a regional round-up

Infrastructure plan – a regional round-up

A $30 million Riverway Drive duplication project at Townsville and a $40 million package to replace timber bridges on the Dawson Highway between Gladstone and Biloela are among the regional initiatives listed in today’s State Infrastructure Plan.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a new State Infrastructure Fund, kicked off with an initial investment of $500 million, included $125 million to fast-track the delivery of two projects for the Townsville region:

  • – North Coast Line Capacity Improvement Project – $95 million.
  • – Riverway Drive duplication, Townsville (Gollogly Lane – Allambie Lane) – $30m.

“These two projects are critical to improving the efficiency of road and rail freight in the region, and will support around 350 jobs during construction,” Deputy Premier and Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Minister Jackie Trad said.

The $95 million rail project will upgrade the capacity of the North Coast line to increase the productivity and efficiency of freight transport on the corridor and accommodate growth in demand.

The $30 million road project will involve the duplication of a 3km section of Riverway Drive, between Gollogly and Allambie lanes, including the installation of central medians, signalised intersections, and pedestrian crossings.

Other projects for the Townsville region over the next four years include:

  • – Townsville primary school and planning for new secondary school
  • – Bruce Highway Townsville Ring Rd Section 4
  • – Port of Townsville – Berth 4 Upgrade
  • – Bruce Highway Yellow Gin Crk Bridge upgrade
  • – Support development of the North Queensland Stadium.

Additionally, the government said the plan clearly outlined its commitment to fast-track $210 million in shovel-ready projects to support more than 486 jobs in the Townsville region as part of its Accelerated Works Program, which is already under way

The State Infrastructure Fund initial investment of $500 million also includes a $50 million commitment to fast-track the delivery of two projects in the Fitzroy region:

  • – Rockhampton Road Train Access, Stage 1 – $10 million
  • – Dawson Highway (Gladstone – Biloela) timber bridge replacement package – $40 million.

Stage 1 of Rockhampton’s Road Train project will include upgrades to two key intersections in north Rockhampton – Moores Creek Rd and Musgrave St, and Queen Elizabeth Drive and Bridge St.

“This upgrade will significantly increase the capacity of the two intersections and is the first step towards allowing Type 1 road trains to carry cattle to Rockhampton abattoirs on Lakes Creek Rd, which is expected to deliver economic benefits of nearly $1 million every year,” Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said.

The $40 million Dawson Highway project will see timber bridges at Catfish Crk, Nine Mile Crk, Sheep Station Crk, Maxwelton Crk and Doubtful Crk replaced with more durable and reliable concrete structures.

Other projects for the Fitzroy region over the next four years include:

  • – Yeppoon Western Bypass Stage 2
  • – Stanwell and Ross Secondary Systems replacement
  • – Lower Fitzroy Infrastructure (water)
  • – Rockhampton Intensive Care Unit.

Additionally, the government says the plan clearly outlines its commitment to fast-track $27 million in shovel-ready projects to support 27 jobs for the Fitzroy region as part of its Accelerated Works Program.

Infrastructure projects over the next four years for the Cairns region include:

  • – Bruce Highway Cairns Southern Access Corridor (Stage 2)
  • – Cairns Hospital redevelopment
  • – Cairns Special School
  • – Cairns/Mt Peter sewer upgrade
  • – Port of Cairns – Tingira Street Subdivision Development.

Additionally, the government says the plan clearly outlines its commitment to fast-tracking $68 million in shovel-ready projects to support 159 jobs for the Cairns region which is already underway as part of its Accelerated Works Program.

Infrastructure projects listed for the next four years for the Mackay region include:

  • – Bruce Highway Mackay Ring Rd Stage 1 (including planning)
  • – Peak Downs Highway Eton Range Realignment Project
  • – Mackay Substation rebuild and Nebo Primary Plant replacement.

Additionally, the government says the plan clearly outlines its commitment to fast-track $75 million in shovel-ready projects to support 177 jobs for Mackay as part of its Accelerated Works Program.

Infrastructure projects over the next four years for the Darling Downs region include:

  • – Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
  • – Warrego Highway Upgrade Program.

Infrastructure projects over the next four years for the Wide Bay region include:

  • – Bruce Highway Cooroy to Curra (Sections A and C) upgrade
  • – Bruce Highway Tinana interchange.

Additionally, the government says the plan clearly outlines its commitment to fast-tracking $36 million in shovel-ready projects to support 13 jobs for the Wide Bay region:

For more information or to view the State Infrastructure Plan visit dilgp.qld.gov.au/SIP

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