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

IA assessment of two Queensland projects

Media Release

PF067/2016

09 September 2016

Today Australia's independent infrastructure advisory body, Infrastructure Australia, earmarked two Queensland road upgrades as priority projects, the Bruce Highway Upgrade (Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway) and the M1 Pacific Motorway-Gateway Motorway Merge Upgrade (southbound lanes).

This important IA outcome confirms the Government's decision to commit $105 million to this M1 project, as well as $110 million to widen the M1 between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes.

This funding was committed on a 50:50 basis between the federal and state governments and followed strong advocacy by Member for Forde Bert van Manen and Member for McPherson Karen Andrews.

I now look forward to Queensland coming forward with its share of the funding.

It is important to understand what this assessment from IA confirms and what it does not confirm.

What it underscores is the economic importance of the project and an analysis of its costs and benefits.

Queensland Roads Minister Mark Bailey has suggested today that IA's assessment was predicated on the basis of a particular state-federal funding split.

As Minister responsible for Infrastructure Australia, it is important that I make it clear that Minister Bailey's claim is incorrect.

IA conducts its assessments without any consideration of the funding split between federal and state governments.