GET IT FIXED: The Rockhampton Yeppoon Road is a notorious high-crash zone and has now become a key election issue.
GET IT FIXED: The Rockhampton Yeppoon Road is a notorious high-crash zone and has now become a key election issue.

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It is fast becoming one of the biggest talking points of the 2020 state election - the state of Yeppoon-Rockhampton road.

Senator Matt Canavan, Keppel LNP candidate Adrian DeGroot and Rockhampton LNP candidate Tony Hopkins fronted media this morning on the Artillery Rd Intersection, perhaps the most problematic point in the Rockhampton - Yeppoon link.

The stretch has been a high crash area in recent times.
The stretch has been a high crash area in recent times.

Senator Canavan said a $60 million Federal commitment was a priority for the area.

He said the condition of the road was screaming out for attention.

"If you've got a piano on the back of your truck, you're going to need to retune it by the end of the drive to Rocky because the maintenance has not been done," he said.

"We're going to fix the backlog of road maintenance."

Mr DeGroot said the road and Artillery Rd intersection in particular would be a focus in his run for government.

Senator Matt Canavan, Keppel LNP candidate Adrian DeGroot and Rockhampton LNP candidate Tony Hopkins fronted media this morning on the Artillery Rd Intersection
Senator Matt Canavan, Keppel LNP candidate Adrian DeGroot and Rockhampton LNP candidate Tony Hopkins fronted media this morning on the Artillery Rd Intersection

"The LNP within 100 days of being in office will deliver a budget and if I'm the member for Keppel, I'll make sure we get our fair share of roads maintenance and upgrades," he said. 

Mr Hopkins, who owns a local haulage company, said the road was a standout concern for his drivers.

"Anything that increases productivity in the transport industry by one per cent worth a billion dollars to the economy," he said.

"Trucks are getting bigger and the road maintenance is getting worst."

In June, the federal and state governments allocated Rockhampton - Yeppoon Road a cash injection totalling in $5m to begin works immediately.

Ms Lauga previously said the works will bring 16 jobs with contracts likely go to tender in this month.

ROAD UPGRADE: Due to start soon, a 13 km stretch of the Rockhampton to Yeppoon road from Mackays Rd to Iron Pot Road will benefit from a $5 million overhaul.
ROAD UPGRADE: Due to start soon, a 13 km stretch of the Rockhampton to Yeppoon road from Mackays Rd to Iron Pot Road will benefit from a $5 million overhaul.

Works on a 12km stretch between Iron Pot and Bondoola and will begin in September according to the state government.

One Nation also announced the stretch and the Artillery Rd intersection was a primary focus for Keppel Candidate Wade Rothery's campaign.

Federal and State funding of $80 million of has already been allocated to upgrading the road in the coming years.

MINISTER BAILEY RESPONDS

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey responded to the LNP's claims with a statement this afternoon, it read:

Matt Canavan and his state LNP cutting crew desperately want people to forget their slash and burn record three months out from an election.
Sorry Matt, the thousands of people who were sacked under Campbell Newman's cuts haven't forgotten.
This is the same state LNP that cut Queensland's roads funding by more than $600 million and sacked over 700 road workers.
The same state LNP that, when in power, cut roads maintenance funding and the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme, which helps councils build and maintain roads and maintain local jobs.
Even the LNP in Canberra to this day - in which Matt Canavan was a senior member - refuse to properly fund their fair federal share of maintenance funding on the national road network in Queensland. 
It's no surprise the LNP are so negative and knock others because they've got no positive plans of their own. 
Don't be fooled - Canavan's Cutting Crew know only one way; the LNP DNA of cutting, sacking and selling.
Over the last three months, the Palaszczuk Government has announced $1 billion in new and accelerated funding for Queensland roads, including at least $200 million in State funding for additional maintenance works which Mr Canavan and his cutting crew deliberately ignore.

 

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said although there had been a record-low road fatality rate in 2019, the report showed now was not the time to become complacent. Picture: Sarah Marshall
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said although there had been a record-low road fatality rate in 2019, the report showed now was not the time to become complacent. Picture: Sarah Marshall


More than half of that $1 billion is funded solely by the State Palaszczuk Labor Government.
In Rockhampton we've got a record regional roads bonanza under state Labor - whether it's the Capricorn Highway duplication to Gracemere, the upgrade of Lawrie Street in Gracemere, Rocky Ring Road, Rocky Northern Access, Rockhampton - Yeppoon Road and works on the Bruce Highway.
The Rockhampton region has never seen such huge roads commitments in its history, with thousands of local jobs over the next six years.

These are all projects that have had funding locked in and have started, or will start within the next two years, under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
We announced $5 million in joint funding to resurface part of Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road only last Friday, which was reported in the Rockhampton Bulletin.
It's clear Canavan's cutting crew didn't like the fact the Palaszczuk Labor Government was announcing yet more good news for Rockhampton road projects.
We'll let our roads record speak for itself and leave the whingeing, whining and cuts to the LNP.

 



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