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

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing on track

Media Release

WT157/2015

28 May 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Ian Macfarlane

Minister for Industry and Science
Federal Member for Groom

The countdown is on to the announcement of the preferred bidder for the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the announcement is due mid-year, with the Australian Government committing funding on an 80:20 basis with the Queensland Government for the $1.6 billion project.

“This game-changing project is a vital piece of infrastructure which will support the Australian economy and the development of regional Queensland. This project will deliver significant economic benefits to the region and the wider state economy, as well as improve safety and efficiency for all motorists, including heavy vehicles,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will support jobs for the region, reduce travel times and remove heavy vehicles from the city streets in Toowoomba.

“This Australian Government funding commitment is the largest single contribution to a Queensland road project since Federation. Toowoomba and Darling Downs residents will welcome this significant next step for the project, with the start of construction to follow soon,” Mr Macfarlane said.

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey visited the site today and said the successful bidder would construct, operate and maintain the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing in a 25-year public-private partnership.

“Bids from the three shortlisted consortia—Nexus, RangeConnect and RangeLink—have been undergoing a rigorous evaluation process by specialists from Queensland Treasury and Transport and Main Roads,” Mr Bailey said.

“Motorists may have noticed preparatory works along the corridor of the Second Range Crossing, with some fencing and cultural heritage assessments already underway. Once completed, this project will provide commercial and heavy vehicles with an alternative crossing of the range to the North of Toowoomba. It will make a huge difference for drivers who travel this busy route.”

Queensland is contributing more than $321 million towards this important project.

“As an added bonus, it will generate 1800 direct jobs during the three-year construction period, at a time when job security is more important than ever,” he said.