Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Contract awarded for Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade

Media Release

MM020/2018

28 March 2018

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

One of North Queensland's most significant Bruce Highway upgrades is a step closer with a design and construction contract awarded today for the Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said the project would improve safety and flood resilience by upgrading 13.5 kilometres of highway, including realigning the Reed Beds curve and building a new Haughton River Bridge and several other wider, higher bridges.

“The project also includes upgrading nine rural intersections, two cane-rail overpasses and installing wide centrelines on the highway north of Ayr,” Mr McCormack said.

“The works will improve the safety and reliability of this section of the highway for residents of Townsville, regional visitors and road freight operators servicing the tourism and other industries in the region.”

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the new Haughton River Bridge would be more than 10 metres wide and designed and built to withstand a one-in-100-year flood.

“This upgrade will be a significant improvement on the current bridge, which is about seven metres wide and is regularly closed for extended periods due to flooding,” Mr Bailey said.

“An average of 544 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project and contractors have been asked to demonstrate their commitment to engaging local employees and businesses.”

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said careful planning had been done to reduce flood-related closures and minimise impacts on nearby houses and farms.

“Making sure Giru residents downstream of the project are not impacted by the works is a high priority,” Mr Christensen said.

“Locals are familiar with this area's flooding issues which occur every two years on average and can last for more than four days in severe weather. In fact, heavy rain caused an 18-hour closure earlier this month.”

The upgrades will be designed and built by The Infrastructure Group joint venture between Bielby, BMD Constructions, JF Hull and Albem Pty Ltd with ARUP Group and HDR Inc. Construction of the project will start in mid-2018 and be completed by around mid-2021, weather permitting.

The Australian Government has committed up to $411.4 million to the project with the Queensland Government contributing $102.9 million.