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 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

Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade now open

Media Release

WT092/2014

13 June 2014

Joint release with:

Warren Entsch

Federal Member for Leichhardt

Motorists on the Bruce Highway will benefit from reduced congestion and improved road safety with the opening of Stage 1 of the new southern approach into Cairns today.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government has contributed $150 million to the project which will help to reduce travel times and congested driving conditions on the busy highway.

“This project is yet another example of the Australian Government's commitment to meeting Queensland's infrastructure needs,” Mr Truss said.

“We have committed a record $13.4 billion to transport infrastructure in Queensland, including $6.7 billion for Bruce Highway upgrades alone. We have funded 45 new projects along the Bruce Highway in this year's Budget and continued funding for 16 existing projects to bring the highway up to the standard expected of Queensland's main freight and traffic artery.

“Projects like this are a prime example of our Government's commitment to building a strong, prosperous economy, boosting productivity and creating jobs by investing in the infrastructure of the 21st Century. Fixing the Bruce will stand Queensland and, indeed, Australia in good stead for generations to come.”

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said 424 direct and indirect jobs were supported over the course of construction, making a significant contribution to the local economy.

“This has been good news for jobseekers in the region and has helped to boost economic activity not only in Cairns, but in the wider Queensland economy as well.”

“Works have involved constructing an additional inbound lane and road overpasses, and a new dedicated overbridge that will improve safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists.”

Stage one of the Cairns Bruce Highway Upgrade master plan has now been completed with planning for stage two underway. The Australian Government has committed $46.4 million towards the $58 million Stage 2 Cairns Southern Access Corridor upgrade, in partnership with the Queensland Government.