Jobs and connectivity by road, rail and air in Queensland’s west are a key focus of the State Government’s record transport budget, says
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.
He was speaking during a visit to the $8.3 million Barkly Highway upgrade project in Mount Isa this week.
Final asphalt works under the project should be complete mid-July and line marking finished next month in the BMD-led works.
Mr Bailey said outback communities and businesses would benefit from a $14.5 billion, four-year regional roads and transport program, which would create more than 13,500 jobs.
“More than $15 million will go towards sealing key sections of the road from Cloncurry to Dajarra and Savannah Way, unlocking better connectivity for regional communities and tourism,” he said.
“We will work with the Australian Government to develop better inland freight routes, with $50 million committed towards Townsville to Tennant Creek corridor upgrades.
“After paving and sealing parts of Diamantina Developmental Road last financial year, we’ll now look to seal various sections of Kennedy Developmental Road between Hughenden and Winton, and complete sealing of key stretches along Richmond-Winton Road.
“The Palaszczuk Government will also start the Top Limestone Creek floodway upgrade on the Diamantina Developmental Rd between Boulia and Dajarra, and with joint-funding from Boulia council and the Federal Government, commence paving and sealing of additional sections of the Donohue Highway.
“Ensuring that our existing roads are maintained is also a key aspect of the budget, and in 2019-20, we’ll begin resealing national and state road across the North West.”
He said there were also plans to complete a detailed route strategy for the Barkly and Flinders highways, and review the Eyre Developmental Road between Bedourie and Birdsville.
Mr Bailey said the budget would also secure ongoing funding for the local fares scheme and regulated air routes program.
The State Government will also continue its $380 million investment over five years to maintain and improve the Mount Isa Line and Provide $80 million over four years to reduce rail access charges.