Oct 09, 2020

LNP pledges $50m for Peak Downs Highway upgrade

LNP pledges $50m for Peak Downs Highway upgrade

An LNP Government would deliver a $50 million upgrade to the Peak Downs Highway, Member for Burdekin Dale Last said.

Mr Last said the Peak Downs Highway had been ignored for five years under Labor, despite being a lifeline for major agricultural and resources businesses.

“An LNP Government will upgrade sections of the highway under three packages, including widening areas between Mackay and Nebo, widening areas between Nebo and Clermont, overtaking lanes and the replacement of eight narrow bridges,” he said.

“We’ll make the movement of freight along this crucial corridor safer and more productive and provide more than 150 construction jobs.

“This is a great safety and productivity boost for businesses that operate around Clermont, Moranbah and Mackay and some of the major mines that make up the Bowen Basin.”

Meanwhile Townsville’s proposed Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) is a key focus for NQ First candidate for Townsville Clynton Hawks, who made a $195.5 million pre-election commitment this week.

After ongoing discussions with Townsville Enterprise, both in the North and at Parliament house, it was clear that the key infrastructure project would deliver a massive economic boost to Townsville in the wake of COVID-19, he said.

Mr Hawks said the commitment was subject to NQ First winning the balance of power at the State Election.