“In turn, these investments help families and entire communities to thrive by playing to Australia’s strengths.”
Specifically, Mr Truss referred to the $6.7 billion the government has committed to fixing the Bruce Highway. Within the 10-year plan, several major projects have been given the green light, including the construction of Mackay Ring.
He also mentioned the $929 million Gateway Motorway North scheme in Brisbane, which was announced in the 2014 Budget.
Creating jobs in Queensland
The government is also offering $1.28 billion for the delivery of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, supporting as many as 1,800 jobs throughout the supply chain.
Upgrades to the Warrego Highway between Toowoomba and Miles received $508 million, while the $208 million Cape York Region Package will help improve accessibility to the area and boost the local mining industry.
Mr Truss said these projects are just the beginning, with a multitude of other investments lined up in the near future. The Roads to Recovery scheme, for example, will receive $700 million in the 2015-16 financial year to provide safer conditions for drivers and pedestrians.
“The untold grief of a bad road accident on friends and family is significant, and the Black Spot Programme is a core part of the Australian government’s plan to improve road safety, with $101.5 million committed over the five years between 2014-15 and 2018-19,” he added.
His comments came a month after funding for seven large-scale projects under the National Highway Upgrade Programme was unveiled. Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey said the announcement was welcome news for the labour market, creating jobs at a time when employment security is particularly vital.
By Leanne Macnamara, Public Affairs Coordinator