Sep 24, 2018

Media Release – Morrison Must Embrace Labor’s Rockhampton Ring Road Plan – Monday, 24 September 2018

The Morrison Government should stop dithering and match Federal Labor’s commitment to partner with the Queensland Government to deliver the Rockhampton Ring Road.

While Federal Labor has already committed to building the 22km Ring Road, the Coalition has not, despite the project appearing on a leaked list of Coalition funding commitments that have been decided upon but not announced.

It’s clear the Coalition decided months ago to back this important project but has cynically decided to withhold confirmation until a time that suits its political needs.

The Coalition should stop playing games. The people and businesses of Rockhampton deserve certainty.

The Rockhampton Ring Road was recommended in the Fitzroy River Floodplain and Road Planning Study, which investigated long-term solutions for Bruce Highway flooding, impacts on freight, road and rail transport in and around the city of Rockhampton.

It was commissioned by the former Labor Government in June 2009 and was concluded in December 2011.

The Ring Road will run from the Yeppen Roundabout, along the western side of the airport to a third bridge crossing before reconnecting with the existing highway at Parkhurst.

It would reduce congestion on local streets, improve road safety and enhance liveability for local residents.

It would also boost the economic capacity of Central Queensland, supporting the growth of new local industries and new jobs.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the Queensland Government was doing its job by moving ahead with planning, but the Coalition was yet to confirm its position.

“After the recent political chaos within the Liberal Party that led to the dumping of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister, Australians are sick of needless politicking and partisanship,’’ Mr Albanese said.

“It is time for the Coalition to back the Rockhampton Ring Road and deliver funding as soon as possible, rather than taking its usual position of promising money but pushing its delivery off into the Never-Never.’’

Labor candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson said Labor was strongly committed to investing in infrastructure in regional Queensland. ‘

“The Ring Road will create jobs and take thousands of trucks off our streets, making Rocky safer and easier to get around,” Mr Robertson said.

Labor’s commitment to the Rockhampton Ring Road builds on our strong track record of delivering for Central Queensland’s road network, including the major Yeppen Roundabout and Bridge upgrade.