Jun 18, 2016

Labor backs Queensland infrastructure

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver record funding to improve road safety, boost productivity and make life easier for North and Central Queenslanders.

If elected, Labor will deliver the following road upgrades:

  • Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road ($30 million)
  • Hann Highway ($43 million)
  • Capricorn Highway Overtaking Lanes ($19 million)
  • Capricorn Highway – Rockhampton to Gracemere ($75 million)
  • Rockhampton (Bajool to Port Alma Road) Port Access Road ($15 million)
  • Cairns Airport Access Upgrade ($6 million)

The $188 million funding for these roads will come from the Northern Australia Roads Program, which is already in the Budget.

Despite the Abbott-Turnbull Government talking big about infrastructure in the north, they have failed to deliver a single new major infrastructure project for Northern Australia during its term.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that from the September 2013 to September 2015 public sector infrastructure work fell by 20 per cent under the Liberals.

In Queensland this included significant cuts to the Bruce Highway. It’s simply not good enough.

Queensland is a large state which relies heavily on roads for the movement of people and freight. North and Central Queenslanders also rely upon roads to connect their communities and provide access to services.

While the Abbott-Turnbull Government stood still on Queensland infrastructure, Labor stands on its record. The former Labor Government provided $8.7 billion of infrastructure investment in Queensland between 2007-2013, doubling spending from $143 to $314 per person.

Only a Shorten Labor Government will deliver the infrastructure that Queensland needs to boost exports, create local jobs, drive growth and keep people safe on the roads.


Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road ($30 million)

  • Upgrade remaining 16 kilometres of the road from Iron Pot Road to Neils Road to four lanes, starting from the Yeppoon End.
  • Improve safety and productivity for 11,000 vehicles using the road each day including 120 heavy vehicle movements per day.

Hann Highway ($43 million)

  • Upgrade two sections of the Hann Highway (also known as the Kennedy Developmental Road) including road sealing, widening and strengthening works to ensure the road is less susceptible to flooding and can cater for heavy vehicles.
  • Sealing and upgrading 36 kilometres between The Lynd and Hughenden.
  • Upgrading the existing single lane between Mount Garnet and The Lynd to two lanes.

Capricorn Highway Overtaking Lanes ($19 million)

  • Construction of up to six overtaking lanes between Gracemere and Emerald to reduce delays and improve safety for drivers overtaking slow vehicles.

Capricorn Highway – Rockhampton to Gracemere ($75 million)

  • Upgrade the Capricorn Highway from Rockhampton to Gracemere from two lanes to four lanes to improve travel times and reduce congestion.
  • Improve safety for 17,000 vehicles using the road currently and cater for predicted traffic growth.

Rockhampton (Bajool to Port Alma Road) pavement widening Port Access Road ($15 million)

  • Upgrade 25 kilometres of narrow and rough pavement on the Port Alma Road and Port Access Road to widen the road and relocate power poles located close to the sides of the road which are posing a safety threat.

Cairns Airport (Captain Cook Highway) Access Upgrade ($6 million)

  • Upgrade the intersection at Captain Cook Highway and Airport Avenue to provide dual right-turn lanes into Airport Avenue to reduce delays during peak periods and improve traffic flows in and out of the CBD.