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

Cloncurry Bypass opens to traffic

Media Release

WT172/2015

12 June 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Andrew Daniels

Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council

Industry productivity and road safety in north west Queensland has received a major boost, with Treasurer Joe Hockey today opening Andrew Daniels Drive, Cloncurry's $13 million Heavy Vehicle Bypass.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $8.2 million towards the bypass, which connects the Flinders Highway and the Barkly Highway.

“Cloncurry is in the heart of the North West Queensland Mineral Province, producing 80 per cent of Queensland's mineral wealth, and this bypass will provide a vital freight link between northern Australia and the east coast and beyond,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government is investing a record $13.4 billion in building Queensland's future infrastructure, which will help drive economic growth, slash travel times and create thousands of jobs,” Mr Hockey said.

“The completion of this project here in Cloncurry is an example of our commitment to improve traffic safety and efficiency, with the bypass set to improve travel times for heavy vehicles and save fuel costs for industry.”

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government provided $4.82 million towards the upgrade.

“We recognise the importance of a safe and reliable road network for people who live and work in regional areas. Roads are the lifeblood for many communities in remote parts of Queensland, especially in the north west. This bypass will make a real difference for drivers of heavy vehicles, as well as residents and visitors to the region,” Mr Bailey said.

“As an added bonus, this project has delivered 15 direct jobs at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever.”

Mayor of Cloncurry Shire Council Andrew Daniels said around 4.6 kilometres of new road had been constructed, and T-intersection works at Railway Street and the Flinders Highway and a four way intersection at Sir Hudson Fysh Drive had been completed.

“I'll continue to work with, and advocate to, the Australian and Queensland Governments to develop northern Australia. The Cloncurry Heavy Vehicle Bypass is another step in that journey,” Cr Daniels said.