$14.4 million for six new heavy vehicle projects across Queensland

Media Release


03 March 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports;
Minister for Energy and Water Supply

Truck drivers and other heavy vehicle operators in Queensland will benefit from $14.4 million in new road upgrades as part of the Australian Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced that the Australian Government would contribute up to 50 percent of the total project costs for five local government projects.

“Our competitive merit-based selection process has identified projects between Emerald and Clermont and near Portsmith, Roma, Bromelton, Walkamin and Tumoulin to make heavy vehicle use on Queensland roads safer and more efficient,” Mr Truss said.

“Nationally, the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $200 million for projects through to 2019, as yet another example of the Australian Government's commitment to building safe, productive infrastructure to meet the needs of today and well into the future.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the road upgrades would greatly improve the efficiency of freight movements into and out of key agricultural regions across the state.

“A smoother, more efficient freight network is crucial to Queensland's economy. It underpins economic growth and jobs for the future,” Mr Bailey said.

Mr Bailey said the $564,000 upgrade of Tingira Street, Portsmith, which runs through the spine of Cairns' industrial precinct, would enable larger vehicles to access the busy freight route.

“Councils across Queensland will be a vital part of the implementation and roll-out of many of the projects selected for funding, and that means jobs for local workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” Mr Bailey said.

A full list of Queensland projects receiving funding under the programme is at ‘Attachment A’.

Attachment A

Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme projects—Queensland

Proponent Project name and location Project description Australian Government funds
Total project cost ($000s)
Department of
and Main
Productivity Enhancement Package—Gregory Hwy between Emerald and Clermont Package of productivity enhancement works including tow new rest areas, one decoupling area, road widening and intersection upgrades on the Gregory Highway to support an increase in access level between Emerald and Clermont to Type 2 road trains. 12,750 25,500
Cairns Regional Council Road Upgrade—Pavement rehabilitation—Tingira St, Portsmith Rehabilitation to remove and replace the top
350mm of pavement on a 600m section of
Tingira St, Portsmith to provide access for larger HPVs.
282 564
Maranoa Regional Council Non-Livestock
Hard Stand Parking Area 2km East of Roma
Construct a gravel hard stand parking area with 14 truck parking bays for non-livestock heavy vehicles, including type 1 and 2 Road Trains. 258 516
Scenic Rim Regional Council Road Upgrade—Sandy Creek Road, Bromelton,10km East of Beaudesert The strengthening and widening of narrow sections of Sandy Creek Rd to provide improved and safer access for HVs and HMLs to two major quarries. 375 750
Tablelands Regional Council Road Upgrade—Channel Road, Walkamin Stage 1—The upgrade works include construction of a 7.5m widening with seal, realignment, and drainage upgrades along the
1.75 km section to allow safer access for a B- Double route to be the primary link from
Hansen Rd to the Kennedy Hwy.
375 750
Tablelands Regional Council New Truckstop—Jonnson Rd, Tumoulin Construct a new Truckstop Pad of approximately 100 x 40 metres and realign
260 metres of Jonnson Rd to provide a convenient and safer hardstand B-Double
parking and uncoupling area to service local
and regional freight needs.
375 750