Coalition Rescues Queensland Roads Left in Limbo by Labor

Media Release


16 December 2013

Joint release with:

The Hon Warren Truss MP

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Assistant Minister Jamie Briggs today announced the Australian Government will provide $210 million to a major Queensland project left unfunded by the previous Labor government.

The Coalition Government will provide, on budget, funding for the Cape York Regional package, which had previously been contingent on Labor's failed mining tax.

The Cape York Regional Package will upgrade road infrastructure in northern Queensland, including the road between Mapoon and Weipa, the connection between Aurukun and the Peninsula Development Road and the Jardine River Bridge. Upgrades to the Seisia Wharf and improvements to the raw water pipeline from Bamaga to Seisia are also included in the package.

“Since forming government the Coalition has been focused on cleaning up Labor's mess,” Mr Truss said.

“Despite the former Regional Investment Fund being bankrupt due to Labor's dud mining tax, the Coalition will now pick up the pieces and work with the state government to deliver these important projects.

“Today's announcement is another clear example of the Coalition's commitment to infrastructure and the priority we place on it as part of our plan to drive strong economic benefits for our major cities and regional areas.”

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said despite economic and fiscal challenges, the Coalition had a very significant platform of projects to get underway.

“The Australian Government recognises that transport infrastructure in Queensland is essential to the prosperity of not only the state, but also the wellbeing of our national economy,” Mr Briggs said.

“This announcement is good news for the state's motorists and freight transporters. With guaranteed investment figures like these, you really don't have to look too far to find great examples of the work this Government is doing to improve roads and freight transport in Queensland.”