Jan 21, 2010

Work underway on Stage 3 of Kirkwood Road

Work underway on Stage 3 of Kirkwood Road

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

January 21 2010

Construction of Kirkwood Road (Stage 3) is now underway following today’s official sod turning ceremony.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese joined Gladstone Regional Council Mayor George Creed and Federal Member for Flynn Chris Trevor on site to mark the start of work.

“This $25.3 million project is a great example of the three tiers of government working together to build the infrastructure we need for the long term,” said Mr Albanese.

“Once completed in late 2010, this new road will not only deliver significant benefits to the Gladstone Region and its major industries, but also to the broader Queensland economy.

“It will provide safer, more direct access to the expanding Port of Gladstone and the Aldoga industrial development areas, taking hundreds of trucks a day out busy residential areas and off inner city roads.”

The third and final stage of the Kirkwood Road project will see the completion of the strategic ring road, providing access to several major industrial areas, as well as linking Port Curtis Way with the Bruce Highway.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor George Creed said the Council was pleased to be delivering this significant piece of infrastructure for the Gladstone Region.

“Council, in cooperation with the State government and funding from the Australian Government has answered the community’s call for a heavy vehicle bypass,” Cr Creed said.

“The completion of this final stage will create a safe, functional road network which is critical to supporting not only industry and jobs but keeping drivers safe.”

Federal Member for Flynn Chris Trevor said that as a local he was as ‘proud as punch’ that the Rudd Labor Government was delivering on its election promise to fund what is the number one infrastructure project for Gladstone.

“In the lead up to the last election I lobbied hard for delivery of this project and to see the first sod turned by Minister Albanese, knowing the benefits it will bring to my home town of Gladstone, is extra special,” said Mr Trevor.

All up, the Federal Government is investing $8.6 billion under its Nation Building Program to modernise Queensland’s road and rail infrastructure.