Further funding for northern Queensland road upgrades

Media Release

DC155/2016

24 October 2016

Joint release with:

Matthew Canavan

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

  • The Turnbull-Joyce Coalition Government is committed to developing Northern Australia to support economic development and job creation.
  • More than $80 million is being invested in Queensland NARP road projects.
  • Four key road projects in Central and North Queensland will be funded.

Four Queensland roads will be upgraded as part of the latest tranche of improvements funded under the Australian Government's $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme (NARP).

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the total regional road investment under the NARP in Queensland was over $220 million.

“The Turnbull-Joyce Government is committed to supporting rural industries and unlocking the economic capacity of northern Australia through targeted roads investment,” Mr Chester said.

The Queensland projects to be funded are:

  • Bowen Developmental Road: progressive sealing;
  • Landsborough Highway (Longreach—Winton): Pavement widening and strengthening of around 24 kilometres;
  • Peak Downs Highway (Clermont—Nebo): Logan Creek to Nine Mile Creek—Pavement widening and strengthening; and
  • Bajool—Port Alma Road: upgrades to the port access road.

“The new funding of $82.59 million builds on the funding already committed in Queensland under the Northern Australia Roads Programme,” Mr Chester said.

“The objective of the NARP was to fund high-priority projects in northern Australia, essential to the North's economic development.”

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matthew Canavan said these upgrades would greatly benefit northern Queensland.

“We have a unique opportunity to develop the north especially thanks to the strong growth we are seeing in Asia. Our investments in northern roads will help cut down the costs of getting goods to overseas markets and help us take advantage of these opportunities,” Senator Canavan said.

“The Coalition Government has achieved lower trade barriers through a number of free trade agreements. Better roads help us take better advantage of these new opportunities.”

The projects are jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments on an 80:20 funding arrangement.