Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has thanked Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister Mark Bailey for the delivery of $2.25 million in funding towards the paving of the road to Winton’s popular Australian Age of Dinosaurs (AAOD) Museum.
The funding of the road was committed in last year’s budget through the State Government’s $10 million Transport and Tourism Connections (TTC) program.
“I would like to give credit to Winton Shire Mayor Butch Lenton and his council who fought very hard to get the funding and while thankful for delivery, I would like to point out that this funding was approved as part of last year’s State budget, which has taken close to 10 months to deliver.”
Mr Katter said the economies of rural towns would receive a much-needed boost from more visitors to the region once the AAOD road was sealed.
“Sealing the road will boost tourism, helping put money back through the tills of the surrounding towns, along with generating employment for locals,” he said.
“The hard-working staff at AAOD fully deserve funding support – the museum has gone from strength to strength on the back of the vision of David and Judy Elliott back in 2003.”
Mr Katter highlighted the importance of investing in infrastructure to support rural towns.
“I already have a list of road infrastructure work that needs to be addressed in my electorate and will pursue the State Government to continue investment in rural roads as part of the upcoming budget.”
“Sealed roads are an important part of attracting tourism, improving accessibility and safety,” he said.