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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Future of Flinders Highway cemented with culvert works

Media Release

DC245/2017

31 August 2017

Joint release with:

Steven Miles

A/g Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

  • $25m project to replace seven culverts between Charters Towers and Richmond
  • Project to provide safer, more reliable link between regional industries, cities and ports
  • Northern Australia Roads Programme funding used to deliver critical project

Works are underway on a $25 million project to replace seven ageing culverts on the Flinders Highway between Charters Towers and Richmond, which will improve this key freight route's reliability and support north Queensland's economy.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester was onsite to help get work underway on the project, which is being delivered under the $600 million Northern Australia Roads Programme.

“These works are a prime example of the Australian Government improving key roads essential to the movement of people and freight in the north, which contributes almost 12 per cent of the value of our national economy,” Mr Chester said.

“This is the type of investment that will help us leverage every opportunity that presents itself in coming years, with the Flinders Highway being a nationally significant link for mining and agriculture freight between the Port of Townsville and the Mount Isa–Townsville Economic Zone.

“The region's future economic and social growth relies on fit-for-purpose road infrastructure to link communities to jobs and essential services. Replacing these culverts will bring them up to current standards, which is critical to shifting the region's freight and product to markets.”

Acting Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Steven Miles said the project would create and sustain local jobs, boosting economic confidence in northern Queensland.

“An average of 65 direct jobs will be supported over the life of this project, which begins this week and is expected to be complete by June 2019, weather permitting,” Mr Miles said.

This project will also improve the highway's reliability and flood immunity by allowing water to flow safely under the roadway.

The Australian Government has committed up to $20 million to the Flinders Highway (Charters Towers–Richmond) Culvert Upgrades, with the Queensland Government to fund the remaining $5 million.