The Queensland Government has released the 2020-21 State Budget and it highlights a record investment of approximately $26.9 billion for road and transport, which will support 23,600 jobs as part of Queensland’s economic recovery plan.
“Over the next four years, Queenslanders will see major projects like the $1 billion Gympie Bypass, $480 million Bruce Highway upgrade between Edmonton and Gordonvale and close to $2 billion in M1 upgrades completed – and some of the state’s largest ever jobs and infrastructure projects kick off.
“This budget means thousands of secure jobs for Queenslanders. It means improving productivity for our economy, and better safety for those travelling throughout Queensland,” Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said.
Minister Bailey added that the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) includes $280 million which will be spent over the next four years on the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) to support jobs as well as help improve and maintain local transport networks across the State.
“This is a commitment to provide certainty of funding for local governments, which is critical to improving and maintaining the local transport network across this diverse state.
“This funding is vital for local councils to support their works program and local jobs,” Mr Bailey said.
In addition, the QTRIP 2020-21 to 2023-24 highlights the Queensland Government’s commitment to deliver key infrastructure across the State. This includes recently announced road upgrade projects as part of the State Government’s COVID-19 economic recovery response.
This commitment includes:
“Global economies are doing it tough. But thanks to Queenslanders and the strength of our Premier, we will deliver Queensland’s plan for jobs and economic recovery.
“Because this government will always put Queensland’s health and economic strength first,” Minister Bailey said.
Key road projects (including jointly funded projects) include:
Key rail projects (including jointly funded projects) include:
“Not only will we build Queensland’s biggest rail project: Cross River Rail, Queensland trains will be built by Queenslanders in Maryborough.
“We have committed a $1 billion rail manufacturing pipeline to lock in long term stable manufacturing jobs in Maryborough and supply chains across Queensland, including in Rockhampton,” Minister Bailey said.
The Queensland Budget 2020-21 also highlights investment to deliver other transport infrastructure projects as well as significant active transport infrastructure and marine infrastructure project. You can view the full list of projects on the Queensland Government’s media statement here.
“The Palaszczuk Government will build more bike lanes and rail trails as the only major party with a policy for active transport – including the Cairns Southern Access Cycleway, Bundaberg to Gin Gin Rail Trail and Sunshine Coast hinterland bike trail.
“We’ll strengthen our coastal shipping industry with a $21 million commitment to get more local crews on ships, support a new shipping service between Townsville and Brisbane, and more maritime skills and training,” the Minister added.
Major Rockhampton roads are set to be transformed with the help of the $23 billion investment for road, rail and transport infrastructure projects announced earlier this month as part of the 2019-20 State Budget.
The Australian Government has released the Budget 2019-20 which focus on delivering infrastructure that will aid in managing the nation’s growing population as well as help meet the country’s freight challenge and to get Australians home quicker and safer.
Billions of dollars’ worth of major road and transport projects across Queensland are set to start construction or are due to be completed in 2021, creating thousands of jobs and driving the State Government's plan for economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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