Sep 04, 2018

Regional road upgrades among funding pledges

Regional road upgrades among funding pledges

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed off on $7.6 billion in road and rail projects to be rolled out before the next election, according to a leaked list.

The projects are listed in the May budget as “decisions taken but not yet announced”, according to the News Corp reports.

Opposition spokesman for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Anthony Albanese said Labor had already committed to a number of the projects named – including Mackay Ring Rd Stage II and Rockhampton Ring Rd.

“The leak to the Herald Sun of a list of the Government’s infrastructure project Budget decisions taken but not announced is a major embarrassment for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his rabble of a Government, which has an abysmal record when it comes to nation building,” he said.

Member for Dawson George Christensen said it was very pleasing to see that the Mackay Ring Road Stage 2 was noted on the  list of election commitments which would be announced in due course.

“I can assure the people of Mackay that I will continue to push for stage 2 of this project which will effectively complete the ring road and takes the road loop all the way through to the port,” he said.

On Saturday Labor pledged to invest $500 million to deliver a staged upgrade of Queensland’s inland road network if elected to Federal Government.

Mr Albanese named a raft of roads he said had not received the attention they deserved.

They included the Barkly Highway between Mount Isa and Cloncurry, the Capricorn Highway between Emerald and Rockhampton, the Mitchell Highway from Cunnamulla to Charleville, and the Kennedy Highway between Cairns and Mareeba.

“Federal Labor’s commitment to making this substantial investment in Queensland’s vital inland roads and highways follows the strong advocacy and work of the Inland Queensland Roads Action Project, which brings together 28 local governments, five Regional Development Australia committees, and the RACQ,” Mr Albanese said.

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