Making freight great between Mount Isa and Rockhampton

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government will invest $254 million to improve freight links between Mount Isa and Rockhampton, including $64 million for upgrades to the Yeppoon Road.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the investment will bolster Mount Isa and Rockhampton’s status as key regional economic and services hubs for mining and agriculture, while also better linking the coastal towns around Rockhampton.

“This investment is all about more efficiently linking Queensland’s world-class mining and agriculture businesses, and supporting the tourism economy by helping visitors get around more easily and safely,” Mr McCormack said.

“The commitment is part of the Government’s investment in the corridor under its Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.

“Nationwide, ROSI funding will catalyse economic activity by driving freight efficiencies for regional businesses, improve access to communities throughout our regions and stimulate tourism by helping visitors get around more safely and efficiently.”

Senator for Queensland Matthew Canavan said investing in the corridor will improve the Capricorn Highway section of the corridor east of Longreach, which provides a central access route through the economically critical coal region of the Bowen Basin.

“This will support workers and general freight moving between mining towns such as Blackwater and Rockhampton, while also improving the corridor’s functioning as a major arterial for a number of feeder roads, including key beef roads such as Richmond to Winton Road and the Gregory Highway,” Mr Canavan said.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said Yeppoon Road investment will tackle safety concerns arising from growing traffic volumes through the area.

“This commitment will upgrade east-west access from the Bruce Highway for local communities, the tourism industry and heavy freight vehicles, supporting job creation while also making life easier for residents,” Ms Landry said.