Millions invested in flood roads

STATE Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt has welcomed the news that more than $470 million will be injected into repairing roads in the hard hit Lockyer Valley and Ipswich regions as part of Operation Queenslander.

“This will be the largest reconstruction task that has ever been proposed in our state's history,” Mr Wendt said.

“Funding for this project will be a joint venture by State and Commonwealth governments, with 25% provided by the State and 75% by the Commonwealth.

“It is anticipated that this will create more than 1400 jobs just for this reconstruction work alone, which will focus on 62km of the Warrego Highway from Marburg to Withcott, and will be carried out over the next three years.

“This is wonderful news for people in this region, and represents a massive injection of funding to restore our damaged road system,” Mr Wendt said.

Federal Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann said the announcement meant the roads could be repaired while providing local jobs.

“The reconstruction task is only just beginning now,” he said.

Mr Neumann said he was concerned that there are still many families and businesses still suffering six months after the floods.

“There is still a lot of work to do but it is encouraging to know that the Federal Government is supporting us throughout this long process,” he said.

 

In the initial response to the disaster, roads were kept open for locals, tourists and industry through an injection of up to $56 million on emergency road repairs in the Lockyer Valley and Ipswich regions.

This new funding will support making Queensland roads better, safer, stronger and more resilient than before.

There will be more than enough work for local companies, regional companies and statewide companies.

Motorists are reminded to drive with care through roadworks and continue to obey all instructions of traffic controllers.

Reconstruction areas include:

Lockyer Valley

Mt Sylvia Road

Murphy's Creek Road

Gatton–Clifton Road

Gatton–Laidley Road

Laidley–Plainland Road

Mulgowie Road

Forest Hill–Fernvale Road

Ipswich

Rosewood–Laidley Road

Ipswich–Boonah Road

Ipswich–Rosewood Road

Rosewood–Warrill View Road

Haigslea–Amberley Road

Rosewood–Marburg Road.


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