Jun 11, 2009

Study into Rockhampton’s future transport needs

Study into Rockhampton’s future transport needs

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 11 2009

The Rudd Labor Government has approved $5 million to investigate ways to reduce the impact of flooding on the Bruce Highway and identify Central Queensland’s longer term transport infrastructure needs.

Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese said work on the study is expected to commence in October and take 18 months to complete.

“Today’s announcement delivers on one of our key election commitments to investigate Rockhampton’s future transport needs and improve flood immunity along the Bruce Highway,” said Mr Albanese.

“The study will undertake a strategic analysis of flood patterns and their impact on the Highway, as well as examine freight movements and traffic congestion issues across the region.”

Ms Livermore said the study was a vital first step to ensuring the best outcome for the Bruce Highway and future local traffic needs.

“This study will look at how best to remedy the years of neglect and the antiquated infrastructure left behind after 12 years of the Howard Government,” said Ms Livermore.

“Its aim is simple: to improve the quality of life for people living and working in and around Rockhampton. We are determined to get the long term planning right.”

The Central Queensland community will be able to shape the direction of the study through a public submission process.

“More information on the public submission process will be available in coming weeks,” said Ms Livermore.

“The submission process will provide a valuable opportunity for local residents to provide their thoughts and offer up their local knowledge. I encourage the local community to get involved and have their say.”

The federally funded study will be delivered through the Nation Building Program – a road and rail program worth more than $32 billion.