The Western Queensland Alliance of Councils have welcomed funding from the Australian and Queensland governments which will see up to $200 million in funding invested in vital roads projects across the region.
The announcement this week means that works on key inland corridors can get underway now and over the next six months, providing an immediate boost to our regional economies, business, industry and local jobs.
The funding ticks off many of the priority road projects across the region, improving safety conditions for all road users and providing better heavy vehicle access to key cattle, mining and agriculture industry infrastructure.
The tourism sector will benefit from more sealed roads as Queenslanders are encouraged to 'go bush' as part of COVID-19 recovery initiatives.
Jointly funded regional roads projects for the West include:
. Burke Development Road: progressive sealing
. Cloncurry - Dajarra Road: sealing and widening sections
. Gregory Developmental Road (Charters Towers - The Lynd): widening priority sections
. Richmond - Winton Road: widening priority sections
.A regional package of works will deliver targeted upgrades such as progressive sealing, pavement strengthening and widening and bridge and floodway upgrades to roads including:
Gregory Downs - Camooweal Road
Eyre Developmental Road (Bedourie - Birdsville)
Cramsie - Muttaburra Road
Mayor Jack Bawden, Chair of the North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils said the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils had consistently advocated for more investment in roads.
"The Regional Economic Enabling Fund is a very welcome start that will deliver much needed sealing of roads, pavement strengthening and widening and floodway upgrades," Cr Bawden said.
"Importantly, it will also provide the opportunity for our local workforces to deliver many of the works. In short, keep it coming."
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