The Cairns Shipping Development Project, expected to deliver an $850 million boost for the regional economy, is one step closer following the major contract award.
Two tenderers have been shortlisted to duplicate a section of the Bruce Highway as part of the $481 million Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage Three project.
The contract for the $104.1 million Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor – Stage Four – Kate to Aumuller project has been awarded to a joint venture.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the upcoming 2018-19 state budget will deliver $45 billion worth of infrastructure over the next four years – the biggest since 2011.
A $1.66 million water monitoring project will use smart technologies to monitor the quality of water flowing through one of Cairns’ major urban catchments in a bid to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.
Funding from the Queensland Government is going towards replacing 18 timber rail bridges between Townsville and Cairns.