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

Deputy Prime Minister turns first sod on Toowoomba Second Range Crossing

Media Release


07 December 2015

Joint release with:

Ian Macfarlane

Federal Member for Groom

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss marked the start of a critical project today by turning the first sod on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC).

“The project is going to help drive future economic development in this region,” Mr Truss said.

“When finished, it will create an alternative crossing of the Toowoomba Range for commercial vehicles and improve driver safety.

“It will also relieve pressure on Toowoomba's local roads and enhance liveability for residents, eliminating the need for heavy vehicles to negotiate 18 sets of traffic lights in Toowoomba, saving them up to 40 minutes each way.

“By improving links between the region, key markets and the Port of Brisbane, the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will increase regional economic activity by an estimated $2.4 billion over the next 30 years.”

Member of Groom Ian Macfarlane said the TSRC would support an estimated 1,800 direct and indirect jobs in the Toowoomba region during the life of the project.

“This is the kind of world-class infrastructure needed to facilitate the next phase of development in South West Queensland, improve the efficiency of freight movements and encourage other economic development,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“After more than 20 years of talking, planning and scoping, Toowoomba and surrounding district residents will be glad to see construction for this important infrastructure officially underway.”

The Australian Government has committed up to $1.137 billion to fund the project and the Queensland Government has committed the remaining 20 per cent of the construction costs.

Major construction works are due to start in April 2016 and it is expected to be completed in late 2018.