Upwards of 1500 construction jobs will be supported by an impressive $1.4 billion road building boom in Central Queensland, delivered by the Palaszczuk Government.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Central Queensland was in line to benefit from a solid pipeline of major roads investment.
“The upgrades we’re delivering in Rockhampton today on the Bruce and Capricorn highways are already sustaining hundreds of jobs,” Minister Bailey said.
“Seventy per cent of the workforce on the Bruce Highway upgrade north of the city is local and involves 16 local businesses.
“That guarantees income for local earthmoving and crane hire businesses, for traffic managers and landscapers, for local quarries and fencing companies.
“Coming after that project, we’ll start the $1 billion Rockhampton Ring Road, the largest road project in Central Queensland’s history.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the region would play a pivotal role in the state’s economic recovery.
“Queenslanders have done us proud in the way they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I want to thank everyone who helped us smash the curve,” she said.
“Our focus now is on getting our economy back up and running and delivering critical infrastructure projects that support local jobs.
“Our $50 billion commitment over 4 years as part of Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan is an important economic driver and vital in supporting jobs during these challenging times.
“That includes the pipeline of road upgrades right here in Central Queensland, including the Rocky Ring Road, the largest project in the region’s history.
“It’s not just the construction sector but the businesses that support these projects – the whole supply chain – that play an essential role in leading that economic recovery.
“We want Queensland’s economy to come out of this bigger, better and stronger.”
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