Outback funding boost in QLD

Outback communities and businesses in Queensland will benefit from a $14.5 billion, four-year regional roads and transport program, according to Main Roads Minster Mark Bailey.

“When the outback thrives, Queensland thrives – that’s why our budget focusses on building the infrastructure outback Queensland needs to connect locals, create jobs and boost our agriculture and resource sectors,” Mr. Bailey said.

“We’re also working with the resources industry to make rail freight more competitive, and will now provide $80 million over four years to reduce rail access charges on the Mount Isa Line.”

Mr. Bailey said an additional $15 million will be spent to seal sections of the Mount Isa Line from Cloncurry to Dajarra and Savannah Way.

“After paving and sealing parts of Diamantina Developmental Road last financial year, we’ll now look to seal various sections of Kennedy Developmental Road between Hughenden and Winton and complete sealing of key stretches along Richmond-Winton Road,” Mr. Bailey said.

“We will work with the Australian Government to develop better inland freight routes, with $50 million committed towards Townsville to Tennant Creek corridor upgrades.”

Mr. Bailey said the state government would continue to plan for future transport needs in the region, with plans to complete a detailed route strategy for the Barkly and Flinders highways and review the Eyre Developmental Road between Bedourie and Birdsville.

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