BEEF ROADS NO BULL

Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter is relieved following the confirmation of federal investment into a number of vital beef roads in North Queensland.

Mr Katter says communities will be pleased to hear that the Australian Government’s Beef Roads funding commitment has finally gone ahead.

“Reinforcing the transportation routes which are so important to cattle supply chains is something that needed to happen a long time ago,” Mr Katter said.

“This funding is extremely vital after years of minimal investment, some of these roads remain unsealed despite providing a huge amount of business to the area.
“We are very happy that a commitment by the Federal Government has finally been honoured today,”

The roads to receive the funding through the Beef Roads Programme were selected through modelling by the CSIRO’s TraNSIT.

Those selected for upgrades include Cloncurry-Dajarra, Diamantina Developmental Road and the Richmond to Winton Road.

“The commitment to assist the Mount Isa electorate roads alone comes to over $9 million dollars,” Mr Katter said.

“The cattle industry as one of the most prominent in our region, and is also one that desperately needs support and investment.

“We need more than a symbolic focus on North Queensland and hope this is a sign of better things to come,” he said.

Mr Katter has also welcomed the State Government’s further commitment of funds to this project.

Funded Projects include:

Project Name Project Description AG Contribution

(up to)

Rockhampton Road Network – Road Train Access (Stage 2) Upgrading between Gracemere saleyards and the Rockhampton abattoirs to provide access for Type 1 Road Trains. $20.00 million
Burke Developmental Road – Chillagoe to Almaden (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $4.31 million
Burke Developmental Road – Chillagoe to Almaden (Package 2) Progressive sealing works. $1.66 million
Clermont – Alpha Road (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $ 2.00 million
Clermont – Alpha Road (Package 2) Progressive sealing works. $ 4.01 million
Clermont – Alpha Road (Package 3) Progressive sealing works. $0.96 million
Ootann Rd – Almaden to Kennedy Hwy (Gunnawarra) (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $0.66 million
Ootann Rd – Almaden to Kennedy Hwy (Gunnawarra) (Package 2) Progressive sealing works. $4.10 million
Gregory Developmental Road (South of Charter Towers) Widening works. $4.63 million
Richmond-Croydon Road (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $3.20 million
Richmond-Croydon Road (Package 2) Progressive sealing works. $0.96 million
Cloncurry – Dajarra Road Progressive sealing works.. $2.58 million
Diamantina Developmental Road (Boulia – Dajarra) Rehabilitation and widening works. $4.03 million
Richmond – Winton Road (Package 1) Progressive sealing works. $2.97 million

 

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