Highway upgrade benefits industry

$25m has been spent on upgrades to the Flinders Hwy.
$25m has been spent on upgrades to the Flinders Hwy.

The freight, mining and agriculture industries will benefit from the completion of $25 million of upgrades to the Flinders Highway.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said 25km of road has been strengthened and widened thanks to works funded under the National Highway Upgrade Program.

“These upgrades will improve safety and travel times from north-west Queensland to the east coast’s ports, airports and beyond, strengthening the region’s ability to get goods to market quicker,” Mr Chester said.

“A further $42 million has been committed by the Australian and Queensland Governments towards the Flinders Highway upgrades under the Northern Australia Roads Program, which targets high-priority roads essential to the movement of people and freight in order to support the North’s development.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey said the upgrades will open the door for economic development in North Queensland.

“Five sections of the Flinders Highway have been upgraded: one between Julia Creek and Cloncurry, two between Richmond and Julia Creek, and two between Hughenden and Richmond,” Mr Bailey said.