A cattle truck makes its way into Rockhampton over the Yeppen Lagoon Bridge which will be widened next year.
A cattle truck makes its way into Rockhampton over the Yeppen Lagoon Bridge which will be widened next year. Chris Ison

Yeppen crossing scores in budget

ROCKHAMPTON Regional Mayor Brad Carter has welcomed funding for an upgrade of the Yeppen crossing, but remains disappointed the government has yet to commit to paying for the airport's damage bill.

Cr Carter said he was pleased $40m had been allocated to upgrade the Yeppen crossing in the Federal Budget.

Work on the planning and design of the duplication of the Bruce Highway between the Yeppen roundabout and Jellicoe St should be completed by early next year after which construction can begin.

Cr Carter said he was not expecting a specific announcement in the budget relating to the damage bill for the Rockhampton Airport, caused by flooding earlier this year, but hoped funding could be obtained from a disaster relief fund.

The government has announced it is providing $4.7 billion to those affected by flooding in Queensland, including $206m to help local governments restore utilities and transport infrastructure.

“There should be somewhere in the detail, $900,000 that relates to the damage to the airport,” Cr Carter said.

Cr Carter said Premier Anna Bligh needed to write to Prime Minister Julia Gillard to declare “exceptional circumstances” existed with the airport.

He said Brisbane's CityCat ferry terminals had been allocated “millions” of dollars in the wake of flooding there.

He said if funding was not forthcoming the costs would have to be borne by ratepayers.

Cr Carter said the total damage bill for the Rockhampton region was estimated at $104 million.

 

BUDGET FUNDS FOR CQ ROADS

  • $50 million to complete the final two stages of the Gladstone Port Access Road
  • $40 million to upgrade the Yeppen crossing
  • $10 million for the Mackay Ring Road study
  • $120 million for a package of works to improve safety on Peak Downs Highway

Source: 2011/12 federal budget



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