‘ROSI’ future ahead for key road corridors

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has announced an additional $1 billion for the next priorities under its Road of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative, supporting regional communities and jobs.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the additional funding bringing ROSI up to $4.5 billion will support works on regional road, inter-regional and interstate highways that address pinch points and other impediments.  

“These upgrades will support industries and communities that are critical for freight and tourism,” Mr McCormack said.

“The additional 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.

 “The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has also been working with state and territory governments and industry to determine priority corridors and finalise implementation arrangements for our original $3.5 billion investment, with today’s announcement a great example of the progress made.

“Corridors such as Toowoomba to Seymour, Port Augusta to Perth and Tennant Creek to Townsville are the life blood of our freight industry as they support key industries across our entire country. 

“These investments will address concerns raised in the National Freight and Supply Strategy and create an ongoing pipeline of employment in regional areas through a 10-year commitment to fixing our key freight and tourism corridors.”

The newly funded projects in the upcoming Budget are:

Yeppoon road Duplication (Mount Isa to Rockhampton corridor)—$64 million
Shute Harbour Road—$29.6 million
Quay Syreet, Bundaberg—$32 million
Torbanlea Pialba Road Upgrade—$24 million
Bargara Road Upgrade, Bundaberg—$8 million
Urraween/Boundary Road Extension, Hervey Bay—$7.7 million
Isis Overtaking Lanes—$4 million

Bucketts Way—$20 million
Clarence Town Road—Raymond Terrace to Dungog– $20 million
Dixons Long Point Crossing—$16 million

Karratha to Tom Price Road (additional funding)—$123 million
Pinjarra Heavy Vehicle Haulage Deviation (Stage 1)—$22 million

Hobart to Sorrell—$130 million

Swan Hill Bridge (Echuca to Robinvale corridor)—$60 million

Corridors to receive funding committed in the 2018-19 Budget include:

Cooktown to Weipa—$190 million
Cairns to NT Border—$50 million
Tennant Creek to Townsville (Queensland section)—$200 million
Townsville to Roma—$100 million
Mount Isa to Rockhampton—$190 million
Toowoomba to Ipswich—$60 million
Toowoomba to Seymour corridor (Gore Highway)—$50 million

Toowoomba to Seymour corridor (Newell Highway)—$300 million
Tenterfield to Newcastle—$140 million
Barton Highway—$100 million (announced in 2018-19 Budget)

Echuca to Robinvale—$20 million
Melbourne to Mildura—$60 million
Ballarat to Ouyen—$10 million
Stawell to South Australian border—$60 million
South West Victoria—$80 million
Toowoomba to Seymour (Victorian section)—$160 million

Cockburn to Burra—$50 million
Renmark to Gawler—$70 million
Port Augusta to Perth (SA section)—$100 million

Tennant Creek to Townsville (NT section)—$70 million
Alice Springs to Darwin—$162.3 million
Newman to Katherine—$40 million
Alice Springs to Halls Creek (NT section)—$160 million
Adelaide River to Wadeye—$60 million

Port Augusta to Perth (WA section)—$50 million
Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network—$70 million
Great Northern Highway (Bindoon Bypass)—$220 million (announced in 2018-19 Budget)
Alice Springs to Halls Creek (WA section)—$75 million
Newman to Katherine (WA section)—$70 million

Tasmanian Roads Package—$400 million (announced in 2018-19 Budget):

  • Birralee Main Road ($24 million)
  • Murchison Highway (additional funding) ($25 million)
  • Old Surrey Road/Massey Green Drive ($16 million)
  • Lyell Highway—Queenstown to Strahan ($15 million)

More information on ROSI is available at investment.infrastructure.gov.au/key_projects/initiatives/roads_strategic_importance.aspx.