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Government considers Rocky-Yeppoon road link upgrade important

  • Posted on Friday 31st, July 2020.

A $80 million funding injection in central Queensland is expected to support economic growth and freight movements in the region according to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack, said the Federal Government has committed $64 million, with the Queensland Government committing $16 million, for upgrade works on the Mount Isa to Rockhampton Corridor to be delivered as part of the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.

“On top of this substantial commitment, an additional $5 million of joint funding was recently announced to get pavement strengthening and resilience works quickly underway on Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road," said McCormack.

“This extra funding is being delivered as part of the Regional Economic Enabling Fund – a major component of the $415 million commitment by the Australian and Queensland governments to deliver shovel-ready projects and support jobs through Covid-19.

“Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road is a critical regional road linking the Capricorn Coast to Rockhampton and the Bruce Highway. Delivering these important upgrades will better support defence, forestry, freight, tourism and commuter traffic demands in the region," he said.

Queensland Transport and Mains Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said it was important the community had their say, with local insight and knowledge critical to getting the project right.

“Brittany Lauga has been a huge advocate for this project, for busting congestion and reducing that risk of crashes, so families, tourists and truck drivers can all get home safer and sooner,” said Bailey.

“Global economies have been hit hard by Covid-19, but Queensland’s strong ongoing health response means we can continue our plan economy recovery, which includes creating jobs and a $23 billion pipeline of road and transport upgrades," he said.

Assistant Minister for Northern Australia and Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said the upgrades would provide strong benefits to residents and visitors to the region.

“Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road is a key commuter route, connecting the growing community of Yeppoon to Rockhampton,” said Landry.

“Yeppoon is also a popular tourist destination and improved access to the town means a stronger local economy," she said.

State Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga, said a new webpage and interactive map is now available for the community to pinpoint where they think targeted upgrades should occur.

“More than 11,000 vehicles use this road every day, travelling between the two largest urban areas in Central Queensland and I want everyone to be able to have their say so we can get this upgrade right,” said Lauga.

“This project will add to others already on the go in our community like the $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade project, because we know roads are a key driver for the region’s $4.8 billion economy," she said.

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