Good news for truck drivers and other heavy vehicle operators in the region of Murweh who will benefit from part of $14.4 million in new road upgrades as part of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.
Some of the upgrades will be east of the region in which a Non-Livestock Hard Stand Parking Area 2km East of Roma will be developed. This is hoped to boost tourism in the region encouraging grey nomads to stop in the area.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced that the Australian Government would contribute up to 50 percent of the total project costs for five local government projects.
“Our competitive merit-based selection process has identified projects between Emerald and Clermont and near Portsmith, Roma, Bromelton, Walkamin and Tumoulin to make heavy vehicle use on Queensland roads safer and more efficient,” says Mr Truss.
“Nationally, the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide $200 million for projects through to 2019, as yet another example of the Australian Government’s commitment to building safe, productive infrastructure to meet the needs of today and well into the future.”
Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey says the road upgrades would greatly improve the efficiency of freight movements into and out of key agricultural regions across the state.
“A smoother, more efficient freight network is crucial to Queensland’s economy. It underpins economic growth and jobs for the future,” says Mr Bailey.
Mr Bailey says the $564,000 upgrade of Tingira Street, Portsmith, which runs through the spine of Cairns’ industrial precinct, would enable larger vehicles to access the busy freight route.
“Councils across Queensland will be a vital part of the implementation and roll-out of many of the projects selected for funding, and that means jobs for local workers at a time when jobs and job security are more important than ever,” says Mr Bailey.