May 3, 2019

Media Release – Federal Labor commits to major Queensland infrastructure package – Friday, 3 May 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will deliver a comprehensive infrastructure plan that will reduce traffic congestion across South East Queensland and drive new waves of economic development in the regions.

This election will be a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government who will deliver quality infrastructure in Queensland or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.

Labor’s investment package will upgrade and modernise the State’s transport networks from Cape York to Coolangatta, making it easier for Queenslanders to move around while also delivering productivity gains that will underpin future economic and jobs growth.

Equally significantly, the plan will support tens of thousands of jobs in construction.

Today’s latest instalment of Federal Labor’s Queensland Infrastructure Plan includes:

  • Ipswich Motorway Upgrade – Rocklea to Darra: $500 million.
  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Dohles Rocks Road interchange to Deception Bay Road (Exit 130 – Exit 142): $452.5 million.
  • M1 Pacific Motorway Interchange Upgrade – Exit 45: $48.1 million.
  • Cape York Roads Package – Peninsula Development Road Upgrade: $125 million.
  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Burdekin River Bridge Rehabilitation Program: $21 million.
  • John Peterson Bridge Replacement: $24 million.
  • Loganlea Rail Station Relocation: $35 million.
  • Warrego Highway Upgrade – Mt Crosby Interchange: $11 million.
  • Extension of rail line from Springfield to Ipswich (Business Case): $750,000.
  • Expanded Park and Ride facilities at Ormeau, Beenleigh and Coomera railway stations.

Today’s announcement builds on the previous commitments we have made state-wide, including:


  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Extension to Smithfield (Cairns): $287 million.
  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Cairns Southern Approach (Stage 5): $180 million.


  • Mount Isa to Townsville Rail Corridor Upgrade: $100 million.
  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Townsville Ring Road (Stage 5): $144 million.


  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Rockhampton Ring Road: $852 million.
  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Mackay Ring Road (Stage 2): $280 million.
  • Gladstone Port Access Road Extension: $100 million.
  • Yeppoon Road Duplication: $64 million.
  • Capricorn Highway – Rockhampton to Emerald (Extra Overtaking Lanes): $15 million.
  • Stanage Bay Road Upgrade: $21.6 million.
  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Gladstone to Rockhampton (Four-lane planning): $2.1 million.


  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Cooroy to Curra (Section D): $800 million.


  • Inland Roads Package: $500 million.
  • Cunningham Highway – Eight Mile Intersection Upgrade: $17.6 million.
  • Continue the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program.


  • Cross River Rail: $2.24 billion.
  • Extend Gateway Motorway from Bracken Ridge to the Pine River and upgrade Bruce Highway between Gateway Motorway and Dohles Rocks Road: $1.5 billion.
  • Bruce Highway Upgrade – Linkfield Road Overpass: $100 million.
  • M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade – Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill: $374.5 million.
  • M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade – Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway: $500 million.
  • M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrade – Varsity Lakes to Tugun: $515 million.
  • M1 Pacific Motorway Interchange Upgrade: Exits 41 and 49: $50 million.
  • Mt Lindesay Highway Upgrade: $30 million.
  • Cunningham Highway – Yamanto to Ebenezer Upgrade: $170 million.
  • Level Cross Removal Program:
    • Lindum Road (Wynnum West): $85 million.
    • Cavendish Road (Coorparoo): $107 million.
    • Boundary Street (Coopers Plains): $73.4 million.
  • Rochedale Road-Priestdale Road Intersection Upgrade: $14 million.
  • Duplication of North Coast Line – Beerburrum to Nambour: $390 million.
  • Gold Coast Light Rail (Stage 3A): $112 million.
  • Expanded Park and Ride facilities at Mango Hill, Ferny Grove, Narangba, Northgate, Geebung and Nundah.

Over nearly six years of cuts and chaos, the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government has cut infrastructure investment across Queensland.

In particular, its neglect of public transport has exacerbated traffic congestion in South East Queensland, putting a hand brake on productivity growth and eroding Queenslanders’ quality of life.

And if they are re-elected, the cuts will continue.

By contrast, Federal Labor understands that in a State as decentralised as Queensland, all levels of government must work together to ensure our transport networks are up to the task of supporting economic development and facilitating the efficient movement of products, including those destined to be exported to international markets.

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in the rail and road projects that will make a real difference to the daily lives of Queenslanders, while also ensuring the State’s vibrant regional economies continue to grow and prosper.