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    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Palaszczuk Government delivers more record road spending and jobs for Central West

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Palaszczuk Government delivers more record road spending and jobs for Central West

    The Palaszczuk Government will deliver $69.8 million of road infrastructure in 2017-18 for the Central West District as part of a record investment in road and transport infrastructure for the second year in a row.

    Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the Central West was one of the many beneficiaries of the blockbuster roads budget announced this week and being delivered under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP).

    “The funding for the Central West District is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s record spend on road and transport infrastructure across the state for the second year in a row, with an investment of close to $21 billion over the next four years, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs,” Mr Bailey said.

    “This will include $272.4 million of works planned supporting around 320 direct jobs just for the Central West District alone, over the next four years.

    “This budget shows our commitment to delivering key infrastructure including widening critical sections of the Landsborough Highway and the Diamantina Development Road and creating jobs for the people of living in the Central West and for the entire state.

    “We will also commence sealing a 7.2 kilometre section of the Age of Dinosaur Road as part of the Tourism and Transport Connections program, jointly funded with Winton Shire Council.

    “The dinosaur museum is one of eighteen major tourist and culturally significant sites in Western Queensland to benefit from round one of the Palaszczuk Government’s $10 million funding injection to provide better transport and road access.”

    Minister Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government reconfirmed its commitment to the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) after the previous LNP government gutted the program.

    “$6 million will be invested in 2017-18 for the Central West District which means local governments will be able to fund the development of transport related infrastructure,” he said.

    “This is more than a 90 per cent increase in funding compared to what the LNP committed in their last budget.”

    2017-18 QTRIP major roads projects for Central West District include:

    • $5.6 million in 2017-18, for pavement strengthening and widening of sections of the Landsborough Highway (Blackall-Barcaldine), at a total cost of $12.5 million.
    • $4.5 million to commence sealing 7.2 kilometres of the Age of Dinosaur Road
    • $2.7 million in 2017-18, for pavement rehabilitation on sections of the Muttaburra-Aramac Road, at a total cost of $3.6 million.
    • $2.1 million in 2017-18, for pavement rehabilitation and widening on the Diamantina Development Road (Boulia-Dajarra), at a total cost of $5 million.

    Minister Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to continuing our record investment, building our roads network, boosting productivity, future proofing the state, creating jobs and fostering economic growth.

    “We’re repairing the damage done by the LNP who slashed roads funding by $600 million and stalled road infrastructure across Queensland,” he said.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Zoe Russell – 0428 079 640