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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

    $918 million more for infrastructure and roads in the Darling Downs

    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

    $918 million more for infrastructure and roads in the Darling Downs

    The Darling Downs will see construction booming over the next year with $918 million delivered through the Palaszczuk Government’s 2017-18 Budget.

    Acting Premier and Minister for Infrastructure said that the funding would support 3,700 jobs over the next year.

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

    Minister for Education Kate Jones, who is visiting Toowoomba today, said that the government was working with councils across Queensland to build projects that will make a real difference to communities and deliver local jobs.

    “Here in Toowoomba, we are delivering major infrastructure projects such as a new ambulance station for Drayton and building a new school hall for Wilsonton State High School,” Ms Jones said.

    Ms Jones also 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 Jones said.

    “We are getting on with the job of building the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing and Warrego Highway upgrades.

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

    Minister for Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the projects are 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:

    • $1.61 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing
    • $160 million Warrego Highway between Charlton and Kingsthorpe upgrade
    • $56 million Warrego Highway Dalby Eastern Access widening
    • $16 million Chinchilla Rail Crossing on the Warrego Highway
    • $11.2 million Highfields State Secondary School upgrades
    • $9.8 million Centenary Heights Sate High School redevelopment
    • $8.2 million Kogan Creek Mine refurbishment
    • $3.2 million Grantham Substation upgrade
    • $1.1 million to maintain water infrastructure in St George

    ENDS