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 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

Contract awarded for Yellow Gin Creek flood-risk upgrade

Media Release


04 August 2015

Joint release with:

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

A more flood resistant Bruce Highway is progressing with construction set to commence on the Yellow Gin Creek Upgrade project south of Ayr, following the announcement today that Seymour Whyte Constructions had been awarded the contract for the $45 million upgrade.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that the Australian Government is providing $36 million towards construction, with the Queensland Government providing the remaining $9 million.

“Improving the flood immunity of the creek crossing will make the Bruce Highway safer and more dependable for industry, tourists and locals,” Mr Truss said.

“More than 3,000 vehicles every day—almost a quarter of which are heavy vehicles carrying regional and interstate freight—will benefit from this project.

“The Yellow Gin Creek Upgrade is part of the Australian and Queensland governments' $8.5 billion commitment over the next decade to fix the Bruce Highway.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the project would involve replacing the existing low-level floodway crossing over Yellow Gin Creek with a new raised bridge, plus upgrades to the highway on the approaches to the bridge.

“Seymour Whyte will set up on-site soon and we expect works to start by late September,” Mr Bailey said.

“A side track will be built alongside the existing highway to ensure traffic disruptions are minimised during the works.”

Member for Dawson George Christensen said the works will improve a 1.6km stretch of the highway, making it safer and more reliable.

“Around 100 direct jobs will be supported over the life of the project, providing valuable employment opportunities for locals,” Mr Christensen said.

Construction of the bridge upgrade is expected to commence in September and to be completed in late 2016, weather permitting.