May 12, 2011

Work to fix Warrego woes

Work to fix Warrego woes

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Federal Member for Grayndler

12 May 2011

An $82.46 million project to repair flood damage on the Warrego Highway east of Roma will begin in June.

The reconstruction work, part of Operation Queenslander, will involve 26 various sections, totaling 90km of work, between Jackson and Roma.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said the federal and state governments were focused on reconstructing disaster-damaged roads and infrastructure in Queensland. “Queensland’s road network received more damage than any other state government asset during the flooding and cyclone events, with reconstruction expecting to take many, many years,” Mr Albanese said.

“Both governments are working together to get it fixed properly, with the project expected to be completed early next year.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace said the Warrego Highway was the major transport link servicing western Queensland and the Northern Territory.

“Local industries including livestock, farming and the oil and gas industry are dependent upon the highway,” Mr Wallace said.

“The state of the federally-owned road has been a major concern for drivers, residents, government and industry and further damage sustained during the recent floods only made conditions worse.

“I’m pleased to announce we are getting on with the job of reconstructing sections of the Warrego Highway as part of Operation Queenslander, the largest reconstruction effort in Queensland’s history.

“Our focus is on rebuilding communities, fixing infrastructure and restoring regional economies.”

Of the 3900km of state-controlled road network in the South West Queensland region, up to 25 per cent will need repair under the Transport Network Restoration Program. There will be about 25 separate program packages of work carried out under the restoration works.

Mr Wallace said sections of the flood-damaged highway from Jackson to Roma would be repaired by Probuild, which had successfully tendered for the contract.

The reconstruction is expected to sustain 12,000 direct and indirect jobs over the life of the project across Queensland,” he said.

“As our state recovers and rebuilds, the community expects high standards of safety, reliability and efficiency from our road and transport systems,” Mr Wallace said.

“Completing this work is a vital part of re-establishing a safe and efficient transport network.’’.