$10m pledge is "fantastic news"

Published 10:34am 11 May 2021

$10m pledge is "fantastic news"
Words by Nick Crockford

Bribie Island Rd has been given a $10 million boost in today’s Federal Government Budget.

The funding pledge will be used to upgrade the stretch between Hickey Rd and King John Creek, at the highway end of Bribie Island Rd.

Federal Member for Longman Terry Young describes it as “fantastic news”.

Cut congestion

“This is something I've been working to secure for around 18 months and I'm delighted to have now got over the line,” he says.

“This is a significant upgrade and along with improvements at Old Toorbul Point Rd, it will help reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and support local jobs during its construction.

“I'm proud to be part of a government that manages the economy in a responsible manner so we can help fund much-needed projects like this.

“I’m in Canberra this week to advocate for even more funding for the Longman community.”

$10m pledge is "fantastic news"
The stretch opf Bribie Island Rd, marked by pink dots, which is to receive a $10 million funding upgrade.

Direct jobs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said these projects will make Queensland roads safer, improve public transport, reduce travel times and support thousands of jobs across the state.

“From continuing upgrades on the Bruce Highway, to increasing our investment in rail on the Gold Coast – these projects will support more than 2800 direct and indirect jobs across Queensland,” the Prime Minister says.

“Our record funding commitment is creating jobs, boosting business investment, while securing Australia’s COVID recovery.”

Capacity upgrades

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher says the Government is driving major infrastructure projects to map the economic road back from the pandemic.

“The Australian Government will continue to invest in the Queensland economy in the coming years, through projects such as $178.1 million for capacity upgrades along the Gold Coast Rail Line from Kuraby to Beenleigh and $10m for the Caboolture – Bribie Island Road Upgrade,” he says.

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