Monday, June 24, 2024

Queensland Budget reveals record $37.4b roads spend

The Queensland Government has released details of a $37.4 billion four-year transport investment program that it says prioritises safety, reliability, resilience, accessibility and regional connectivity.

The Government said the majority of the Budget spend will be delivered outside of the Metropolitan (Brisbane) region – totalling $21.19 billion; while $11.5 billion will be spent around the state, including on road safety and maintenance.

“Queensland has the biggest road network of any state in Australia, and now we have the biggest ever road and transport investment in the state’s history,” said Premier, Steven Miles.

“This isn’t just about building roads and rail – it’s about creating jobs in every community, across the state.

“In my community in Moreton Bay, we have big upgrades to the Bruce Highway on their way.

“And with Cross River Rail on the horizon, there will be even better connections from Brisbane’s north to the city and the southside.

“My government is doing what matters to keep Queensland moving.”

Major investments announced today include:

  • $3.026 billion Coomera Connector (Stage 1), Coomera to Nerang
  • $1.5 billion Pacific Motorway, Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) to Tugun (Exit 95) upgrade *
  • $1.892 billion in road safety infrastructure, funded by the Camera Detected Offence Program
  • $5.23 billion in maintenance
  • $1 billion Gateway Motorway, Bracken Ridge to Pine River upgrade*
  • $948 million Bruce Highway (Brisbane – Gympie), Gateway Motorway to Dohles Rocks Road upgrade (Stage 1) *
  • $733 million funding commitment for Bruce Highway (Brisbane – Gympie), Anzac Avenue to Uhlmann Road upgrade *
  • $290 million Bruce Highway (Brisbane – Gympie), Dohles Rocks Road to Anzac Avenue upgrade (Stage 1)*
  • $5.75 billion Logan and Gold Coast Faster Rail *
  • $5.5 billion funding commitment for Direct Sunshine Coast Rail Line (Stage 1) *
  • $1.318 billion European Train Control Systems Signalling Program: Phase 1 (Pilot line, Tunnel, and Sector 1 to Moorooka)
  • $1.004 billion Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade (Stage 1) *
  • $3 billion funding commitment for Bruce Highway, Queensland Government. Queensland Government $250 million per annum contribution towards joint investments on the Bruce Highway from 2027-28  to 2038-39.
  • $1 billion funding commitment for Inland Freight Route (Charters Towers to Mungindi) *
  • $250 million funding commitment for Bruce Highway, Gladstone to Rockhampton *
  • $182 million funding commitment for Outback Way Queensland Future Priorities *
  • $131.3 million Peninsula Developmental Road (Coen – Weipa), Archer River Crossing, construct bridge *
  • $96 million Townsville Connection Road (Stuart Drive), University Road to Bowen Road Bridge (Idalia), improve safety.
  • $52.4 million Gore Highway (Millmerran – Goondiwindi), Wyaga Creek, upgrade floodway *
  • $30 million Flinders Highway (Richmond – Julia Creek), Alick Creek, upgrade floodway and install major culvert *
  • New $100 million Local Congestion Busting Program
  • New $100 million Productivity Enhancement program

Deputy Premier, Cameron Dick said the budget remains squarely focused on bettering the lives of all Queenslanders.

“We’ve been responsible in our funding amidst significant cost pressure across our transport projects, but we haven’t backed away from investing in projects to keep the state running and keep the state growing,” he said.

“And while we acknowledge the challenging market conditions, we’re not going to shy away from making the right decisions for Queensland’s future.”

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