Roads, transport to steer economic recovery, jobs

02 March 2021

Major road and transport projects across Queensland are set to drive the Palaszczuk Government’s plan for economic recovery and jobs with billions of dollars’ worth of upgrades set to start or finish in 2021.

Projects like the $1.5 billion second M1, $662 million Bruce Highway upgrade between Caboolture and the Sunshine Coast and $230 million Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 will see shovels in the ground over the next 12 months, sparking a four-year pipeline of 23,600 jobs.

They’ll be joined by 87 recently announced road safety projects all expected to start within the next six months plus $5 billion in jointly-funded stimulus between the Palaszczuk and Australian governments.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Queenslanders would also witness a number of projects completed in 2021 while works ramp up on other projects like the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail, $1 billion M1 upgrade on the Gold Coast and $480 million Bruce upgrade south of Cairns.

“2021 is the year of construction and jobs in Queensland thanks to a $56 billion, four-year infrastructure guarantee by this government as part of our economic recovery plan,” Mr Bailey said.

“Queenslanders last year backed our plan for economic recovery – and we’re backing them with the start of a record four-year, $26.9 billion roads and transport budget that will create more than 23,600 jobs.

“From sealing our western roads and investing in our regional ports to getting started on the second M1 and building on our 33 Bruce Highway upgrades underway right now – there will be plenty of hi-vis around.

Mr Bailey said regional Queensland was the biggest focus of the government’s four-year road and transport budget with 2021 kicking off $17.8 billion in investment focussed on communities outside the south-east corner to support 16,180 jobs.

“That means starting projects like the Walkerston Bypass near Mackay, Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 and Bruce Highway bridge upgrade near Maryborough, and getting on with the job of our real $12.6 billion Bruce Highway plan and half-a-billion investment to bolster the North West supply chain.

“Jobs will flow from projects wrapping up this year including the $514.3 million Bruce Highway upgrade south of Townsville to a pipeline of projects that’ll connect our communities and provide families with incomes as we continue to navigate COVID-19.”

Minister Bailey said investing in roads and transport was not just busting congestion, but also supporting jobs and businesses in the community through COVID-19.

“We've seen local business supply the resources, equipment and skills for these projects, which has then been installed by local workers to ultimately benefit local families and industry.

“With the first roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine program in Queensland this week, we continue to manage the health impacts of this pandemic, and because of that we’re able to get on with the job of building the roads and transport our state needs.”

Major projects set to start major construction in 2021 include:

Major projects continuing construction in 2021 include:

Major projects finishing in 2021 include:

 

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Source:  Queensland Government - www.statements.qld.gov.au

Date of Original:  24 February 2021

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