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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

    $819 million for infrastructure and roads in the Far North

    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

    $819 million for infrastructure and roads in the Far North

    Far North Queensland will see construction booming over the next year with $819 million delivered through the Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget.

    Acting Premier and Minister for Infrastructure Jackie Trad said that the funding would support 2,300 jobs over the next year.

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

    Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said that the government is working closely with councils across Queensland to build projects that will make a real difference to communities and deliver local jobs.

    “In the Far North, we are delivering major infrastructure projects such as building the Cairns Innovation Centre at James Cook University and redeveloping the Aurukun Primary Healthcare Centre.”

    Member for Barron River Craig Crawford 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,” Mr Crawford said.

    “We are getting on with the job of building a new fire station at Smithfield, and we have announced a new school hall for Caravonica.”

    Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey 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:

    • $30 million Cairns Innovation Centre construction
    • $66.5 million Cairns Performing Arts Centre construction
    • $58 million Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 2
    • $12.1 million Peninsula Developmental Road Weipa (Rio Tinto Boundary) pave and seal
    • $10.7 million Peninsula Developmental Road, Laura Racecourse to Little Laura pave and seal
    • $6.7 million Aurukun Primary Healthcare Centre redevelopment
    • $2.8 million Thursday Island replacement ambulance station
    • $2.8 million Horn Island Rural Fire and State Emergency Services facility upgrade
    • $2.4 million for Pormpuraaw water infrastructure

     

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