Buchholz spruiks Western Queensland projects pipeline


Infrastructure investment to benefit industry and community, WQAC told

Buchholz spruiks Western Queensland projects pipeline
David Littleproud and Scott Buchholz

 

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz emphasises the Commonwealth’s transport infrastructure commitments across Western Queensland at the inaugural assembly of the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils (WQAC).

Alongside federal agriculture and drought minister David Littleproud at the WQAC meeting, Buchholz emphasises the importance of working together for the region’s future.

"We are continuing to roll out projects right across Western Queensland as part of our record $100 billion infrastructure investment pipeline, which is creating jobs and stimulating regional economies while delivering the infrastructure needed to get people home sooner and safer," he says.

"This includes Roads of Strategic Importance upgrades that will cut business costs to support Western Queensland’s future prosperity.

"These upgrades include the Townsville to Roma, Mt Isa to Rocky, Cairns to Northern Territory border and Tennant Creek to Townsville corridors."

With a background freight industry, Buchholz says he he understands the importance of essential safe and efficient road networks are for regional producers to get their products to market and keep communities. 
 
"I also know how vital it is to work with and back our local councils to help achieve this, which is why we recently announced a new $500 million Australian Government Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program.

"This funding will allow local councils to deliver priority road and community infrastructure projects in their areas to improve road safety, bolster the resilience of our local road networks anovid-19. 

"Whether you are a truckie hauling local goods across long interstate journeys or a family taking a quick trip to the local shops, our priority is clear – we want to see all Australians using our roads get home safely at the end of each day. 

"This means continuing to work closely with all levels of government, particularly local councils and organisations such as WQAC, to deliver on our investments and secure a safer, stronger future for Western Queensland."


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Littleproud, meanwhile, spotlights support for emergency responses such as to drought and flood. 

"Speaking with the councils highlighted how communities right across Queensland continue to demonstrate amazing spirit and resilience as they support each other through drought, the recent bushfires and now the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis," he says.

"Standing together is important now more than ever and these communities can rest assured the Government continues to have their back, with money already flowing through investments such as our $8 billion drought support package.

"This includes our Drought Communities Programme Extension, which has provided a total of $32 million in much-needed financial assistance across 16 Western Queensland councils to deliver local projects that will boost local employment and procurement, keep money flowing through businesses and address community needs.

"That is why we once again pre-paid $1.3 billion of the 2020-21 Financial Assistance Grants to all councils across the country, allowing them to spend the grants according to local priorities at a time it’s needed most – helping them manage the cumulative impacts of drought, bushfires and now the Covid-19 crisis."

 

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