Peak Downs Hwy and Eton range big winners in Federal budget

LOCAL councils will be given double the money to get on with the job of fixing local streets and roads - while work to make our major highways safer will continue in Capricornia thanks to last night's Federal budget.

Under local roads projects the government will spend:

  • $35 million to replace four bridges on the notorious Peak Downs Highway
  • $166 million to fix the Eton range section of the Peak Downs Highway leading to the coalfields (with the first instalment of $30 million paid in 2015-16)
  • $10 million for local Capricornia council streets and roads
  • And a further $500 million on works to fix up the Bruce Highway in regional Queensland, including Rockhampton to St Lawrence, Sarina and Mackay
  • This includes a further $21 million instalment on the Yeppen South project which is raising the Bruce Highway near Rockhampton.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said Rockhampton, Livingstone, Isaac, Whitsunday and Mackay councils would receive double their normal road maintenance allocation worth up to $10 million under the Commonwealth's Roads to Recovery Fund.

Ms Landry said it was just one of many boosts to roads in Capricornia as part of the Federal Government's record $50 billion investment in road and transport infrastructure nationwide.

"This budget is the next step in the Government's responsible, long-term economic plan to build a strong, safe and prosperous future for Australians," Ms Landry said.

"As part of this we are supporting local councils by giving them twice their usual road maintenance budgets so they can repair and fix up local neighbourhood streets and roads.

"For example, in Rockhampton this might include Quay Street and other roads of Council's choosing," Ms Landry said.

As part of doubling council's Roads to Recovery funding, local councils this financial year will get:

LOCAL COUNCIL TOTAL ALLOCATION FOR PERIOD 2015-2016
Isaac Regional Council 2,173,851
Livingstone Shire Council 1,231,294
Mackay Regional Council 2,829,426
Rockhampton Regional Council 2,103,057
Whitsunday Regional Council 1,469,730

 

The safety of motorists on the notorious Peak Downs Highway will be improved with major road works beginning this year. With work starting on:

  • $35 million to replace four bridges on the notorious Peak Downs Highway
  • $166 million to fix the Eton range section of the Peak Downs Highway (with the first instalment of $30 million paid in 2015-16)

"These projects will deliver a modern transport network locally and unlock the economic capacity of Capricornia and the coalfields," Ms Landry said.

The budget is about driving economic productivity, growth and jobs for a stronger future for Australia.



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