The Federal Government has finally come to the table to bring forward much needed infrastructure funding for Far North Queensland.
Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said $12 million out of the $100 billion nationwide infrastructure investment fund will be brought forward for the Cairns Southern Access Stage 5 project.
“The fifth stage of the Bruce Highway project will see the Foster Road intersection at Mount Sheridan upgraded. “That adds to major projects in our region, such as the $481 million Edmonton to Gordonvale road upgrade, which last month saw the construction contract awarded to the HSA group,” Mr Pitt said.
The Southern Access project would support more than 110 local jobs.
“During the construction phase of Cairns Southern Access Stage 5, there will be 544 employed and 90 per cent of the workers so far inducted on-site are local to the region,’ Mr Pitt said.
Member for Cairns, Michael Healy said together with local MP’s and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, they’d been calling on Canberra for months to accelerate the funding to get much-needed, vital projects underway sooner.
“This is about backing our city, local industry and businesses.
“Cairns is a vibrant growing regional city, and it’s fantastic to see the Morrison Government finally start investing in Far North Queensland,” Mr Healy said.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said this isn’t just about cutting travel times and increasing road safety, it’s also about boosting employment. In the past twelve months alone, we’ve seen 12,000 jobs created in the Far North – and this forwarded funding is a win for our region.
“Today’s announcement by the Federal Government will also see $97.5 million brought forward for the Cooktown to Weipa Roads of Strategic Importance initiative, relieving congestion stress and more jobs for Far North Queenslanders.”