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    Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Jackie Trad
    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark Bailey

    $649 million more for infrastructure and roads in the Bundaberg and Burnett region

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

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

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    $649 million more for infrastructure and roads in the Bundaberg and Burnett region

    The Bundaberg and Burnett region will see construction booming over the next year with $649 million delivered through the Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget.

    Acting Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad said that the funding would support 1,800 jobs over the next year. 

    “The Palaszczuk Government is serious about investing in the infrastructure each region needs,” Ms Trad said.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt, who is visiting Bundaberg today, said that the government is working closely with councils across the state to build projects that will make a real difference to communities and deliver local jobs.

    “Here in the Bundaberg region, we are delivering major infrastructure projects such as the new Mon Repos Turtle Centre and the new ambulance station,” Mr Pitt said.

    Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said the funding would deliver vital road projects. 

    “Road safety is a priority for our government. That’s why we are investing in road projects and upgrades throughout region,” Ms Donaldson said.

    “We are getting on with the job of widening the Bruce Highway near Apple Tree Creek and building a new Kepnock State High School multi-purpose hall.

    “This road project will allow motorists to spend less time in the car and more time at home with family and friends.”

    Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey, who will be in the region tomorrow, said the projects were part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $42 billion infrastructure spend over the next four years.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to continuing to invest in vital infrastructure funding, building our roads network, boosting productivity, creating jobs and fostering economic growth,” Mr Bailey said.

    “We’re repairing the damage done by the LNP who slashed roads funding by $600 million and stalled countless projects across Queensland.”

    Projects partly or fully funded in this Budget include:

    • $36 million Paradise Dam strengthening
    • $14.9 million Bruce Highway widening and rehabilitation works (Hebbards Road to North South Road)
    • $10 million Mon Repos Turtle Centre redevelopment
    • $7 million Bundaberg fire and rescue station replacement
    • $5.2 million new Bundaberg ambulance station
    • $4.7 million Kepnock State Highway School Hall
    • $1.7 million Bundaberg State High School performing arts centre upgrade

    ENDS