Queensland COVID economic recovery

The Queensland Government has unveiled a massive investment accelerated funding for road and regional infrastructure projects to assist the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding boost includes more than $400 million for transport and road projects as part of the Queensland Economic Recovery Strategy: Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs, and tens of millions for 48 new regional council infrastructure projects under the Building our Regions (BoR) program.

Expedited road projects for job creation

The stimulus package includes $200 million in funding to increase resilience, widen and seal key freight routes across the state as well as upgrade older bridges and culverts, which is a direct injection for regional jobs and will help support council crews.

New funding has also been allocated to the following projects: 

  • $37.5 million for the jointly-funded Mount Lindesay Highway upgrade from Stoney Camp Road to Chambers Flat Road – 80 jobs
  • $35 million Lawrie Street upgrade at Gracemere – 56 jobs
  • $30 million Beaudesert Road and Illaweena Street intersection upgrade – 32 jobs
  • $18 million Six Mile Creek Bridge upgrade along Pomona-Kin Kin Road – 28 jobs
  • $15 million Centenary Motorway and Logan Motorway interchange upgrade – 15 jobs
  • $15 million in additional funding for the Cleveland-Redland Bay Road duplication – 23 jobs
  • $13 million Proserpine-Shute Harbour Road duplication and intersection upgrade between Valley Drive and Tropic Road – 20 jobs
  • $10 million Brisbane, Chermside and Glebe roads intersection upgrade – 15 jobs
  • $10 million Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road upgrade – 15 jobs
  • $9.5 million for the Beckmans Road and Cooroy-Noosa Road intersection upgrade – 18 jobs
  • $8.9 million to widen Herveys Range Developmental Road near Townsville – 14 jobs
  • $3.75 million Caloundra Road and Ridgewood Road intersection upgrade – 12 jobs
  • $3.5 million Mulgrave Road and Brown Street upgrade in Cairns – 10 jobs
  • $1.5 million Gold Coast Highway and Toolona Street pedestrian upgrade, Tugun – 4 jobs

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the State Government had spoken to businesses to create a package that would see more than 430 jobs enter the fold and assist economic recovery amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The boost sees new projects added to the state’s $23 billion, 21,500-job pipeline of transport and road upgrades.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, said the construction industry plays an essential role in keeping the state’s economy moving and it was vital that Queensland doesn’t lose momentum on its record roads and transport investment.

“Today’s announcement of accelerated funding adds to more than $23 billion rolling out across Queensland roads and transport, and I want every Queenslander to know that we continue to deliver those projects because it means support for 21,500 jobs, including 13,500 in our regions,” Mr Bailey said.

“The vast majority of this $400 million will go directly to our regions, supporting 360 jobs and helping us pave the way to recovery.

“We’ve already got hundreds of millions of dollars in projects underway right now, including millions for projects being built with councils through our TIDS program, and they’ll all be joined by much bigger ones to hit the ground running in coming months.”

Mr Bailey said projects already underway included:

  • $1 billion M1 Varsity Lakes to Tugun – 850 jobs (for the entire project)
  • $812 million Bruce Highway upgrade from Caloundra Road to the Sunshine Motorway – 680 jobs
  • $662 million Bruce Highway Caboolture to Steve Irwin Way early works – 664 jobs (for the entire project)
  • $514 million Haughton River Floodplain project at Giru, 40km south of Townsville – 544 jobs
  • $497 million Mackay Ring Road – 534 jobs
  • $400 million Ipswich Motorway upgrade from Rocklea to Darra – 471 jobs
  • $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade – 260 jobs
  • $164 million Smithfield Bypass start of new intersection – 115 jobs
  • $150 million Bruce Highway interchange upgrade at Deception Bay – 270 jobs
  • $104 million Cairns Southern Access Kate to Aumuller streets bridge decks – 113 jobs
  • $75 million Capricorn Highway duplication, Gracemere – 187 jobs
  • $197.5 million M1 upgrade from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes – 257 jobs
  • $80 million Sumners Road interchange – 105 jobs
  • $50 million Bruce Highway safety upgrades between Mackay and Proserpine – 95 jobs
  • $42 million Peninsula Developmental Road sealing (part of $237.5 million Cape York Regional Package Stage Two) – 115 jobs (for the entire project)
  • $18 million Three Moon Creek bridge upgrade, Burnett Highway – 60 jobs
  • $20 million Philip Street duplication, Gladstone – 60 jobs
  • $19 million Capricorn Highway overtaking lanes, Rockhampton to Emerald – 60 jobs
  • $14.5 million Bajool-Port Alma Road upgrade, south of Rockhampton – close to 60 jobs
  • $7.5 million King Street upgrade, Caboolture final stage – 17 jobs
  • $4.9 million Beaudesert-Nerang Road safety works – 32 jobs
  • $4.3 million Eumundi-Noosa Road upgrade – 21 jobs
  • $4.2 million Ormeau Park ‘n’ Ride upgrade

Major projects starting later in 2020 include:

  • $1 billion Bruce Highway upgrade Cooroy to Curra Section D– 576 jobs
  • $481 million Bruce Highway upgrade from Edmonton to Gordonvale in Cairns – 466 jobs
  • $709 million Gold Coast Light Rail 3A early works – 760 jobs (for the entire project)
  • $749 million M1 and busway upgrade at Logan – 721 jobs
  • $550 million Sunshine Coast rail upgrade – 333 jobs
  • $301 million Bruce Highway upgrade at Maroochydore Road and Mons Road interchanges – 382 jobs
  • $110 million Mackay Northern Access upgrade – 154 jobs
  • $44.5 million Springfield Central park ‘n’ ride upgrade – 44 jobs
48 regional council projects funded for regional recovery

The Queensland Government is partnering with 39 local councils to deliver 48 projects worth tens of millions through Round 5 of the Building Our Regions program, with hundreds of new jobs set to be created.

BoR Round 5 focuses on construction and planning projects that will create and sustain long-term employment in regional Queensland.

Funding applications were submitted by local governments in August 2019 and have gone through a competitive assessment process by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Under previous BoR funding rounds almost $295 million has been allocated to 223 projects across 66 local government areas in regional Queensland.

This work has supported more than 2,400 jobs and attracted additional investment of $487 million from councils and other organisations.

Construction on successful Round 5 projects is expected to start in coming weeks.

Ms Palaszczuk said that along with the $200 million boost for councils under the Works for Queensland program, BoR would play an important part of our COVID-19 recovery.

“This funding couldn’t come at a better time for our state, and especially our regions,” she said.

“These projects will support around 350 construction jobs in townships from the Torres Strait to the border of New South Wales, which will help local workers and their families.

“We want to progress these projects quickly to make sure the benefits are felt sooner in our communities and to give industry increased confidence.

“We’re working our way through arguably the toughest period in the history of our state, but it’s projects like this which will steer us through.”

Queensland Minister for State Development, Tourism and Innovation, Kate Jones, said, “No matter where you look throughout our state, we’re partnering with councils and the private sector to deliver projects that create jobs,” Ms Jones said.

“Every one of these projects will make a huge difference to Queenslanders living in regional communities.

“Whether it’s improving water supply and internet connectivity or expanding tourism opportunities, the positive impacts will be felt for generations – long after construction has completed.

“This program will create hundreds of jobs during construction. But we also know these projects will create even more employment opportunities for locals, helping small businesses in these communities and boosting industry supply chains.

“The threat of COVID-19 can’t stop Queensland moving forward. After some dark days we’re getting on with building a brighter tomorrow for our state.”

View the projects funded through BoR Round 5 here.

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