THE Commonwealth and Queensland Governments are to support infrastructure by jointly investing an additional $415m to deliver shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety upgrades.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said further investment in infrastructure would play a critical role in the Commonwealth’s JobMaker plan.
“Partnering with state and territory governments to invest in more major infrastructure projects across Australia is a key part of our JobMaker plan to rebuild our economy and create more jobs,” the Prime Minister said.
Deputy Prime Minister and infrastructure minister Michael McCormack said the funding injection would provide lasting infrastructure to help Queensland bounce after COVID-19.
“Every single job we can support means more Queenslanders and their families have one less worry during these unprecedented times,” he said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland and Australian governments would continue working closely together.
“Investing in lasting infrastructure projects now will also benefit Queenslanders in the years to come, strengthening our economy in the long run,” the Premier said.
“Shovel-ready upgrades we’re investing in include the Burke and Gregory Developmental roads as well as smaller works right across the regional network to improve safety, accessibility and flood immunity.”
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the funding injection would also deliver shovel-ready fixes for projects like the Gateway Motorway Flyover. “It’ll mean we can help bust congestion on this busy bridge that has more than 40,000 vehicles travelling northbound every single day,” Mr Tudge said.