Robbie Katter was yesterday joined by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, Queensland Senator Matt Canavan and State Minister for Main Roads and road Safety Mark Bailey to officially kick-off upgrade works on the Hann Highway.
In a speech to Parliament in April 2014, Robbie outlined the benefits of the project.
“This has the potential to take much of the heavy traffic off the Bruce Highway and deliver a cost-effective solution… This is the opportunity to kill two birds with the one stone—that is, to stimulate rural activity and deliver strategic road infrastructure that will go some way to resolving issues on the Bruce Highway.”
Robbie says it’s great to finally see the State and Federal government get over their bickering and deliver some vital infrastructure upgrades.
“This has the potential to significantly reduce freight costs between the Far North and Southern states opening up new opportunities for producers.”
However, Robbie notes there is one final, unfunded, stretch of road to be completed before the highway makes a fully sealed link between Cairns and Melbourne.
“We’re so close. We’ve got about another $30m (on top of current funding) to spend before the highway is fully sealed. I requested that the state government commit to finishing it off as part of these works but it’s clearly fallen on deaf ears.”
“It would seem a shame to have to redeploy all of the road crews in 18 months’ time to finish off the final section however when it comes to road funding the state and federal governments spend more time pointing the finger at each other than they do looking at the best solution.”