Beef cattle road plan needs support to go ahead
ROCKHAMPTON'S beef loop road is spinning in political circles.
Proposed in 2011 and with a potential share of $100million in federal government funding, Rockhampton's answer to diverting heavy beef trucks away from the CBD is still waiting for formal approaches from local and state government levels to push the plan further.
That's according to Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry who said she was yet to see any submissions to support the plan which included connecting Lakes Creek Road to the Neville Hewitt Bridge.
Ms Landry said she was prepared to support a concept to allow bigger "type one" road trains through Rockhampton along with revamped road works off the "new bridge".
"What I need to see is a formal submission from the council or the state to help push it further - and that is yet to be provided to me," Ms Landry said.
"I am yet to personally to see any formal submission to the federal government from city hall or the state government."
"I have asked the Minister's office to advise if one has even been submitted."
Little movement has been made on the original plans which were put forward in 2011 under the Fitzroy River Floodplain and Road Planning Strategy.
A budget or a construction start date is yet to be announced.
A Rockhampton Regional Council spokesperson said the beef loop project was attracting interest under the Northern Australia Beef Roads fund targeted at improving cattle transport infrastructure.
The spokesperson said successful projects would have 80% of the cost funded under the federal program.
"We understand the federal government is offering 80% because they are trying to set priorities about what they want," the spokesperson said.
"They want to target issues of productivity and to improve the beef supply chain but that is something that is not always our prioritity.
"They give us enough money so we will contribute some money as well."
The spokesperson said council wanted to have the beef loop road considered under the Queensland Government's Draft State Infrastructure Plan.
"We are (also) discussing with (state government) about the entry into Teys meatworks," the spokesperson said.
"But we just don't know how it will fit together yet and we really need to know."