Coalition delivers almost $5 million for Hervey Bay roads

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Two of Hervey Bay’s main arterial roads will undergo long awaited, and much-needed, upgrades with the Australian Government today committing $4.75 million for Old Toogoom Road and River Heads Road.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the funding confirmation was the culmination of the commitment he and Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt made during the federal election campaign.

“With hundreds of locals and tourists using these roads each day, the Coalition understands how vitally important it is that they are of a high standard,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government will provide $1 million to complete the work on Old Toogoom Road, which the RACQ has previously named as being among the five worst roads in Queensland.

“We will also contribute $3.75 million towards the upgrade of River Heads Road.

“This funding is in addition to the money already being spent by the Australian Government to repair the damage caused by recent natural disasters.”

Through the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), the Australian Government is funding up to 75 per cent of the cost of restoration works to stabilise the road embankment about 100 metres north of the River Heads Road and Bengston Road intersection, as well as the cost of pavement rehabilitation along Toogoom Road.

Mr Pitt said he had long advocated for the upgrades on behalf of locals and the business community.

“People living in regional Australia deserve quality roads that are safe and comfortable to travel on,” Mr Pitt said.

“Likewise, accommodation, hospitality and retail businesses play a vital role in the local economy, and their growth depends on good transport links.

“The tourism industry is one of the region’s biggest employers, and these significant road works will give the Hinkler economy a much needed boost.

“I am pleased that the Fraser Coast Regional Council has also allocated $3.2 million towards the upgrades.”

The funding will be available once negotiations between the Commonwealth and Fraser Coast Council are complete.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
For Mr Truss: Kate Barwick 0408 072 809
For Mr Pitt: Larine Statham 0427 653 814