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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    $10 million towards overpass to open up industrial land

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Tuesday, June 08, 2010

    $10 million towards overpass to open up industrial land

    The future economic development of the Rockhampton region will be given a boost in today's budget with $10 million allocated to start the work on an overpass to open up access to the Gracemere-Stanwell industrial precinct.

    Premier Anna Bligh said local member Robert Schwarten, the Mayor and business leaders had raised the issue with her at the recent community cabinet meeting at Rockhampton and Emu Park.

    “Today’s budget will have a strong focus on building our regions and this project is critical to underpin growth in the Capricorn region.

    “This is a very important infrastructure project for future growth and future jobs so we are signing up to undertake the work with an initial allocation of $10 million to do the detailed design work and get the project moving with early works.”

    “Heavy vehicles, including type two road trains, turning off the Capricorn Highway actually block the Highway if they have to stop for a train on the Blackwater railway line.

    “This causes vehicles to queue up on the highway.

    “The alternative to this is for road trains to go to a separate area and decouple which is very time consuming.

    “The railway line is an obstacle separating the highway from the industrial land.

    “An overpass over the railway line will free up this industrial area, remove a major obstacle, and improve safety.

    “The overpass will be west of the Gracemere Sales Yard on the Capricorn Highway.

    “This is about planning for the future. As mining activity increases there will be a need for major industries that support mining.

    “The hard decisions we made last year, including asset sales, means we can deliver new projects like this one across Queensland.

    “This industrial corridor will provide the space for major industries to grow in the region and support jobs,” Ms Bligh said.

    Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said $10 million to get the ball rolling was a great step forward for the region’s future.

    “The fact is unless we address the issue of access for road trains and other transport crossing from the Capricorn Highway over the Blackwater railway line there will be no industrial development and this is a vital step towards developing quality industrial land,” Mr Schwarten said.

    The Premier said because of the importance of this corridor the State Government would investigate declaring this precinct a state development area.

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