THE road to JBS meatworks is to be upgraded after local and state governments allocate funds in budgets.
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne says a $200,000 upgrade to the road to the JBS meatworks site in Rockhampton will improve safety and make the route more efficient for the transport of cattle.
"Widening St Christopher's Chapel Road from six metres to eight metres, and sealing gravel sections, is an important safety step," the Minister said.
"Currently the road is too narrow for B-doubles there have been a number of accidents and near misses.
"The upgrade will mean fewer trips for freight operators, reduced costs for industry and improved traffic flow and road safety in Rockhampton.
"These works will go a long way towards making it safer for all road users," he said.
The Palaszczuk Government and Livingstone Shire Council will each contribute $100,000 to the project. It is expected that work will be completed by the end of the year, when the road will be open to B-doubles.
Minister Byrne confirmed that he is working with colleagues on a solution that would allow road trains to travel through the city.
"Currently road trains must de-couple at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange in Gracemere and the Palaszczuk Government is working with industry to improve unloading facilities there.
"I certainly appreciate community concerns. That's why I'm working closely with the Minister for Main Roads towards a solution that will be in everyone's best interests.
"The beef cattle industry underpins the region's economy so it's important to ensure that the right infrastructure is in place to support job creation and economic growth," he said.