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    Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    $788 million more for infrastructure and roads in the Rockhampton region

    Acting Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    $788 million more for infrastructure and roads in the Rockhampton region

    The Rockhampton region will see construction booming over the next year with $788 million delivered through the Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget.

    Acting Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad, who is visiting the region today, said that the funding is part of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s $42 billion investment over four years in infrastructure around Queensland.

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

    “Across the state, we are working with councils to build projects that will make a real difference to communities and deliver local jobs.

    “Here in Rockhampton and Yeppoon, we are delivering major infrastructure projects such as the Yeppoon Foreshore Revitalisation, the expansion on the Capricornia Correctional Centre as well as important upgrades for schools and hospitals.”

    Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said the funding would deliver vital local road projects. 

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

    “We are getting on with the job of delivering key projects like the Northern Access Upgrade Stage I and duplicating the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere.

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

    Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said infrastructure investment would support 2,200 jobs over the next year.

    “I know that infrastructure investment means local jobs and that’s what our community needs more than ever right now. 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,” Ms Lauga 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:

    • $202 million Capricornia Correctional Centre Expansion
    • $178.4 million Rockhampton Hospital expansion
    • $121 million to undertake the Northern Access Upgrade Stage I, Rockhampton
    • $75 million to duplicate a section of the Capricorn Highway from two to four lanes between Rockhampton and Gracemere
    • $40 million to replace timber bridges at various locations on the Dawson Highway.
    • $42 million Gladstone Hospital Emergency Department upgrade
    • $30 million to undertake improvements to intersections and road train access on the Yeppoon Road, Rockhampton
    • $25 million for upgrades to local schools
    • $17 million to rehabilitate and widen a section of the Bruce Highway between Benaraby and Rockhampton
    • $12 million Rockhampton Courthouse upgrade
    • $3.4 million Local Disaster Coordination Centre