Sunshine Coast receives $650 million Budget Boost

Media Release

DC124/2017

18 May 2017

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

Andrew Wallace

Federal Member for Fisher

Luke Howarth

Federal Member for Petrie

  • Coalition Government commits $650 million to priority upgrades along the Pine River to Caloundra corridor and Deception Bay interchange
  • Upgrades part of the $844 million Budget commitment for new Bruce Highway projects
  • Upgrades along the Pine River to Caloundra corridor to widen the Bruce Highway from four to six lanes, provide flood immunity in key areas and further safety improvements

Commuters travelling are set to benefit from the Coalition Government’s $650 million investment to accelerate the upgrade of the Pine River to Caloundra corridor of the Bruce Highway, and upgrades to the Deception Bay Interchange.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the $650 million investment was part of the Australian Government’s record $75 billion commitment to critical airport, road, and rail infrastructure projects.

“The $530 million funding boost would help accelerate the widening of Bruce Highway from four to six lanes between the Caboolture-Bribie Island Road Interchange and the Caloundra Road-Steve Irwin Way Interchange, provide flood immunity in key areas, and further safety improvements,” Mr Chester said.

“In the 2017–18 Budget, we have committed $844 million towards new projects, to fast track the delivery of the Bruce Highway Upgrade.  This is part of the Australian Government’s $6.7 billion 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Programme.”

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said the Australian Government was committed to delivering an upgraded Bruce Highway to strengthen the national road network.

“The Australian Government is continuing to deliver a safer and more efficient national road network through its commitments to the Bruce Highway,” Mr Wallace said.

“We have committed $530 million which will upgrade the corridor between Caboolture and Caloundra.”

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the upgrades would address congestion and safety issues on the Pine River to Caloundra section of the Bruce Highway.

“The additional $120 million allocated to upgrade the Deception Bay Interchange will further benefit commuters travelling the Pine River to Caloundra corridor,” Mr Howarth said.

The Federal Government is confident the Queensland government will contribute its share of funding (20 per cent) towards these vital upgrades.