The Federal Labor Government will provide $1 million in funding towards restoring and reopening the Kirrama Range Road, in the Cardwell Range.
This investment will help restore an important link to the Tablelands, providing a boost to local tourism operators and the cattle industry and restoring access for traditional owners.
Funding will go towards the replacement of 10 bridges, the resealing and replacement of gravel on sections of the road.
Kirrama Range Road is a key gateway to the Blencoe Falls National Park and improving its condition will make it accessible to vehicles other than 4WDs.
The road has been closed following significant damage by Tropical Cyclone Larry.
Reflecting the fact this road is a council responsibility, funding is conditional on both the State Government and Council confirming their funding contributions and Council maintaining the road into the future.
This funding forms part of Federal Labor’s record investment of $16.6 billion under our Nation Building Program to upgrade and modernise the Queensland’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure.
Works are due to start in November 2013 with the full upgrade to be complete by mid next year.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.