Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has welcomed the Federal Government’s infrastructure investment in the electorate in last night’s Budget.
Roads funding for the Groom electorate is more than $366 million while in one of the biggest investments ever seen in regional Australia the Federal Government is allocating $8.4 billion for Inland Rail to build a dedicated “fast-track” for freight trains to get products from farms and factories to shipping ports in Melbourne and Brisbane by 2024.
“The Australian Government’s commitment of $75 billion over the next 10 years is the largest infrastructure budget in our history with funding for critical airport road and rail infrastructure projects across the nation ” Dr McVeigh said.
“This investment will continue to unlock opportunity in regions such as the Darling Downs by allowing faster safer and more efficient movement of people and freight. It also creates jobs which are essential for our continued growth as a region ” he said.
“I am particularly excited about the $8.4 billion for inland rail with construction scheduled to commence in 2017-18. This is a nation-building project and will generate a lot of employment in Toowoomba.
“Supporting infrastructure is already been put in place and this announcement shows this Government is getting on with the job and building the inland rail. I’m looking forward to that activity once the corridor across the Darling Downs is finalised.”
Dr McVeigh said road funding for the Groom electorate is in excess of $366 million in the 2017-18 Budget including $6.5 million for Toowoomba Regional Council projects.
“The Government continues to support the Council’s like Toowoomba through a variety of funding programs including the Black Spot Program and Roads to Recovery ” he said.
“The Government has also resumed the indexation of Financial Assistance Grants to councils which results in an extra $836.5 million provided over the forward estimates. I know this will be welcome in Groom.”
In one of the biggest investments ever seen in regional Australia $8.4 billion has been allocated for Inland Rail to build a dedicated “fast-track” for freight trains to get products from farms and factories to shipping ports in Melbourne and Brisbane by 2024. The proportion of this funding to be allocated to Queensland is yet to be determined.
Black Spot Program
The Black Spot Program will deliver improvements to sections of dangerous road that have a crash history. In Groom $300 000 has been allocated for the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Wallace and Clairmont streets in Newtown. This project is joint-funded with Toowoomba Regional Council which will supply $100 000.
Roads to Recovery
The Roads to Recovery Program has committed to the construction repair and upgrade of local roads.
In Groom projects to be completed in upcoming months include:
- $987 000 to install traffic lights at the intersection of Hogg and Tor Streets;
- $600 000 to widen Jondaryan-Mt Tyson Road; $525 000 to improve the Kingsthorpe Haden and Yalangur Kelvinhaugh roads intersection;
- $920 000 to widen the Linthorpe Road at Pittsworth;
- $1.9 million to seal Pierces Creek Road at Emu Creek;
- $875 000 to construct Pierces Road (Stage 2) at Emu Creek;
- $765 000 to realign the intersection of West Street and Drayton Road; and
- $1.89 million construct and seal a section of Wyreema Cambooya Road.
Warrego Highway safety upgrade works will continue with an allocation of $7.7 million from the Federal Government in 2017-18 for works between Toowoomba and Miles.
The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing construction will continue with an allocation of $247.6 million in 2017-18.
The Warrego Highway Toowoomba to Oakey duplication Stage 2 project will continue with an allocation of $87.4 million in 2017-18.
The Warrego Highway Oakey to Dalby over-taking lanes project will continue with an allocation of $17.5 million in 2017-18.