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    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Warrego Highway, Cross River Rail new additions in Infrastructure Australia submission

    Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
    The Honourable Paul Lucas

    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Warrego Highway, Cross River Rail new additions in Infrastructure Australia submission

    Key road upgrades serving the resource rich Surat Basin area of Queensland are new inclusions in the State Government’s Infrastructure Australia submission.

    Local Government Minister Paul Lucas said with the CSG and LNG industry being largely driven by areas like the Surat Basin, it was important appropriate infrastructure was in place to support the industry’s growth.

    “The CSG and LNG industry alone is set to support 18,000 jobs for Queenslanders so we needs the roads in place to make sure the Queensland economy can meet its full potential,” Mr Lucas said.

    “That’s why we’ve included the three stage upgrade of the Warrego Highway between Helidon at the base of the Toowoomba Range and Morven near Charleville.

    “This upgrade of the Warrego represents a $1 billion investment in what will be a very important 549km of road linking the resource rich parts of Western Queensland to the coast.

    “The Queensland Government has already committed $134 million towards five priority projects in the program as part of our commitment to regional Queensland.

    “However, as funding of a national highway is clearly a federal responsibility, we’re asking the Commonwealth to help out with the remaining projects.”

    Mr Lucas said the new request came on top of a resubmitted bid for help with funding a second range crossing for Toowoomba.

    He also said Cross River Rail remained at the top of the priority list and the project’s status in the submission had been upgraded from “threshold” to “ready to proceed”.

    “We’re now confident this project, which is expected to support 5900 construction jobs during construction, ticks all the boxes Infrastructure Australia needs it to,” Mr Lucas said.

    “The Federal Government has already recognised the national significance of Cross River Rail by investing $20 million in the planning and feasibility assessment stage.”

    Other priority projects in the submission include:

    ·Bruce Highway Upgrade between Cooroy and Curra

    ·Yeppen Flood Plain

    ·Mackay ring road

    ·Eastern Busway

    The submission to Infrastructure Australia represents priority projects the Queensland Government believes deserve funding from the Federal Government.

    The projects are then assessed by the Federal Government through Infrastructure Australia to determine which projects will receive funding.

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    Project Title

    Pipeline Status -

    June 2011

    Proposed Pipeline Status – June 2012 Report

    Queensland’s highest nationally-significant Priority Projects

    Cross River Rail

    Threshold

    Ready to Proceed

    Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy

    Cooroy to Curra Section A

    Yeppen floodplain upgrade

    Mackay Ring Road

    Early Stage

    Three specific projects - Ready to Proceed

    Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

    Resubmitted

    Real Potential

    Eastern Busway

    Threshold

    Ready to Proceed

    New Queensland Projects for Priority List

    Warrego Highway Upgrade Program (Helidon – Morven)

    New submission

    Ready to Proceed

    North Brisbane Cycleway

    New submission

    Ready to Proceed

    Queensland Priority List Projects

    Gateway Motorway Upgrade North (Nudgee Road - Bruce Highway)

    Real Potential

    Threshold

    Mount Isa to Townsville Rail Corridor (including the Townsville Eastern Access Corridor)

    Early Stage

    Early Stage

    Pacific Motorway Upgrades

    Ready to Proceed

    Ready to Proceed

    (including Queensland section)

    Abbot Point Multi-purpose Cargo Facility

    Real Potential

    Real Potential

    Gold Coast Heavy Rail Extension Project

    Early Stage

    Early Stage

    Early Stage: Initiatives in this category address a nationally significant issue or problem, but the identification or development ofthe right solution is at an early stage.

    Real Potential: Initiatives in this category clearly address a nationally significant issue or problem and there has been a considerable amount of analysis of potential solutions.

    Threshold: Initiatives in this category have strong strategic and economic merit and are only not ready to proceeddue to a small number of outstanding issues.

    Ready to Proceed: Initiatives in this categorymeet all of Infrastructure Australia’s criteria.