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Lansdown road and rail projects funding revealed

Townsville ‘Eco-Industrial’ precinct to gain supporting infrastructure

 

Townsville City’s Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct development has seen the council and Queensland government lock in funding for a suite of road and rail projects to enhance access to the site.

A $12 million state commitment should deliver road upgrades to improve access for trucks travelling to and from the precinct.

The works will facilitate safe access and include an intersection realignment at Jones Road and the Flinders Highway, internal precinct roads, relocation of a rail passing loop and relocation and upgrade of a level rail crossing.

“Leading up to the October 2020 election, we committed $12 million to improve truck access at the Lansdown Industrial Precinct, and this agreement moves us closer to delivering it,” Queensland transport minister Mark Bailey said.

“This is about backing Lansdown as the new home for manufacturing in Townsville to support Queensland’s energy industry.

“There is an amazing economic opportunity for North Queensland to be an advanced manufacturing and renewable energy powerhouse, and we want Townsville to be at the centre of it.

“Projects like Lansdown will help to drive Queensland’s economic recovery from Covid-19.”


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Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper expects building the enabling infrastructure to unlock the precinct’s full economic potential.

“We’ve already delivered a $5 million upgrade to create new turning lanes and improve safety on the northern approach to the precinct on the Flinders Highway, so this is the next step for this project,” Harper said.

“We’ve also got substantial Bruce Highway upgrades happening north and south of the city and have now started work on Townsville Ring Road Stage 5.”

Mayor Jenny Hill noted council formally agreed to enter into a formal agreement with the state government to get the ball rolling on the work, the cost of which will total $16 million.

“The state government will contribute the lion’s share of the funding, with a $12 million commitment,” Hill said.

“Council will contribute $2 million and a further $2 million will come from the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.”

“Council is continuing to lobby the federal government for additional funding, which has become available under the Townsville City Deal, to install additional enabling infrastructure at the precinct and ensure it is ‘turn-key ready’.

“Momentum is clearly building behind Lansdown and we continue to hope that the federal government will come to the table soon so this project and its economic benefits can be fully realised.”

The Lansdown Eco-Industrial Precinct, based around Woodstock, is said to realise the objectives of the Townsville City Deal, a broad agreement spanning 15 years and all levels of government, to activate industry and export growth for Townsville and its regional partners.

 

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