VIDEO: $10M Rockhampton road train access proposed route
UPDATE 3.45PM: MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne has confirmed the Rockhampton Region will receive a $10 million slice of the State Government's $500 infrastructure plan pie.
The substantial $10m funding injection will support stage one of the Rockhampton Road Train Access upgrade.
"As the State Member for Rockhampton I have been working tirelessly with stakeholders, Transport and Main Roads as well as with my cabinet colleagues to secure funding to see improved access to the Abattoirs on Emu Park Road," Mr Byrne said.
"With this commitment we will be able to see the upgrade of both intersections at Moores Creek Road and Musgrave Street and Queen Elizabeth Drive and Lakes Creek Road (Bridge Street) intersection.
"These upgrades, once complete, will cater for larger Type 1 road train vehicles to utilise the intersections, which will ultimately save the industry time and increase freight efficiency to the abattoirs."
Mr Byrne's comments indicate the new route will see road trains travel across the Neville Hewitt Bridge onto Moores Creek Rd before take a right turn at the intersection of Moores Creek Rd and Yaamba Rd swinging around Stockland before travelling down Moores Creek Rd onto Queen Elizabeth Dv and turning onto Emu Park Rd.
Here's what our online readers had to say:
Sarah Kateifides: Ya, great idea! Let's fix problems that don't even exist. How 'bout fixing the Moores Creek Rd round about! I've nearly been hit a number of times by people who can't navigate this awful round about!
Ben Dickenson: What a stupid route. Who's the idiot that thought it would be a good idea to bring road trains down the longest and arguably busiest roads in town.
Peter Thompson: Typical of Burn and Labor waste money where it is not needed and don't spend a money where it is needed. But we get what we deserve by the area voting these idiots in.
Peter Jaggard: How about bringing the road trains to Gracemere. Off load to incapculated trains so that no effluent is dumped then by train to the meatworks. How about building a train or cattle bridge down near devils elbow. There is always another option. Think outside the box Bill.
Gayle Vea Vea: Yep, amazing to watch idiots trying to race a cattle truck trying to turn onto Lakes Creek rd while it's turning off the bridge.. Complete morons..
Roslyn Svenson: I will never understand why all cattle aren't transported by road to somewhere where the trains can them bring them through our city.
Tracey Sorenson: This is old money previously promised in the last budget - which you never got around to using. Talk about recycling. What a farce to promote this as a 'new' infrastructure plan when it is last years. Must be an election coming up, obviously time to spruce up the ALP profile and popularity even if it is using false means.
Travis Whiting: Why don't they use the infrastructure that's already there i.e. the rail network. That way you can efficiently transport large amount of cattle at the same time as taking taking all the trucks off the road.
Chris Sinclair: How about a carpark at the hospital!!!!
EARLIER: The Palaszczuk Government today released Queensland's first State Infrastructure Plan in more than three years and announced the establishment of a new State Infrastructure Fund, with an injection of $500 million, to build the infrastructure needed to grow the economy and support more than 1,000 jobs now for Queenslanders.
The long-term State Infrastructure Plan also outlines significant reforms to the way Queensland plans, prioritises and invests in infrastructure, and follows the establishment of Building Queensland as an independent infrastructure advisor to government and Market Led Proposals to encourage new private sector investment.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the State Infrastructure Fund included an initial investment of $500 million to deliver major projects across the state that will grow jobs, productivity and the economy, including in regional areas.
The Premier said $300 million of the State Infrastructure Fund would be invested in seven critical road and rail upgrades, to help boost capacity and reliability:
- Ipswich Motorway Upgrade, Stage 1 Darra to Rocklea
- Pacific Motorway-Gateway Motorway Merge Upgrade (southbound lanes)
- North Coast Line Capacity Improvement Project
- Dawson Highway (Gladstone - Biloela) timber bridge replacement package
- Rockhampton Road Train Access, Stage 1
- Kawana and Nicklin Way - Sunshine Coast University Hospital intersection upgrades package
- Riverway Drive duplication, Townsville (Gollogly Lane - Allambie Lane).
"I made a commitment as Opposition leader to ensure that Queensland once again had a state-wide infrastructure plan, and today we deliver it," Ms Palaszczuk said
"Our initial injection of funds will also target projects that have a clear community need and will help address important regional and economic priorities, including jobs for Queenslanders.
"We are now calling on the Turnbull Government to match our commitment to infrastructure in Queensland on projects like the Ipswich Motorway, the Pacific Motorway and the North Queensland Stadium as well as a funding commitment to Cross River Rail."
Other key reform measures outlined in the State Infrastructure Plan include:
- Establishing an Infrastructure Cabinet Committee to drive infrastructure coordination and development
- Establishing an Infrastructure Portfolio Office to coordinate and integrate state government infrastructure, land-use and economic planning
- Developing five new strategic infrastructure network plans for Transport, Water, Energy, Digital and Social infrastructure
- Enhancing the government's ability to fund and finance infrastructure through a focus on value capture and improving alternative funding and financing options in Queensland
- Reviewing fragmented local government infrastructure grants programs to optimise prioritisation; and
- Establishing a joint industry/government Infrastructure Innovation Taskforce, and a Community Infrastructure Reference Group to provide thought leadership through a prioritised program of work.
The $500 million State Infrastructure Fund is funded in this year's budget without the need for new borrowings.
For more information or to view the State Infrastructure Plan visit dilgp.qld.gov.au/SIP