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

Shoalmarra Drive Intersection upgrade to improve safety

Media Release

AG003/2019

18 March 2019

Joint release with:

Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald

Senator for Queensland

Works to upgrade the Shoalmarra Drive and Mount Low Parkway intersection in Townsville began today, thanks to $1.5 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program.

Assistant Minister to Deputy Prime Minister Andrew Gee said the upgrade is crucial to improve road safety in the area.

“Road crashes can have a devastating impact to members of any community and the Australian Government is committed to funding measures such as this intersection upgrade to reduce the likelihood of crashes at high-risk locations,” Mr Gee said.

“Through programs like the Black Spot Program, we are working with local councils to improve safety on roads around Australia.”

Senator for Queensland Ian Macdonald said a dual-lane roundabout at the Shoalmarra Drive and Mount Low Parkway intersection will be installed.

“This is a critical piece of work and there will be some road closures and traffic management in place while the project is completed,” Senator Macdonald said.

“We want local residents and all motorists travelling in the area to remain safe when travelling on the roads, and the new roundabout will improve conditions at this intersection.”

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said the roundabout upgrade is one of many shovel-ready projects across the city being delivered by Council. It is a project supporting a dozen local jobs.

“Council is dedicated to improving infrastructure right across the city and this project is expected to be completed by the middle of the year, weather permitting,” Cr Hill said.

“I’d like to thank the Australian Government for providing the funding for this project.”