QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has hailed increased infrastructure spending from the Commonwealth as “a huge win” for her state.
The deal, agreed with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is said to fast-track federal spending on important road and rail projects.
Some key projects include:
- $400m in new road funding
- $648m delivering already promised projects sooner
- Construction of Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3
- $46.3m for two M1 exit upgrades
- $10 million brought forward for Rockhampton Ring Road
- Agreement on Inland Rail linking freight from Melbourne to Brisbane, with $6bn invested in Queensland.
Transport minister Mark Bailey said it was good news for Queensland.
“This is a massive win for Queensland,” Mr Bailey said.
“Inland Rail presents an opportunity to move more freight onto trains and take trucks off roads.
“That becomes more important as south east Queensland continues to grow.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the deal would help the easy movement of vehicles and freight.
“This deal will allow us to start work more quickly on the congestion busting road and rail projects our growing state needs,” Premier Palaszczuk said.