Big spend on FNQ infrastructure upgrades
The Federal Government has put up $210 million for essential infrastructure upgrades around the Cape York region of Far North Queensland.
The funding will cover improvements to roads, power and sewerage services. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese has said the spend is essential to economic opportunities in the future.
The area’s economic contributions come largely from mining and tourism activities, but the facilities of several towns have fallen behind. Funds have been made available to upgrade the road between Mapoon and Weipa, the road connecting Aurukun to the Peninsula Development Road as well as pay for several sewerage and drainage upgrades in nearby centres.
Minister for Regional Services, Catherine King said the investment would improve the lives and businesses of many,
“Upgrading these roads to an all-weather standard will mean fewer disruptions for locals as well as business owners and tourists during the Far North's renowned wet seasons,” she said.
“The upgrade to the Jardine River Bridge will enable large trucks to travel to the region improving development opportunities and access for the delivery of food and other necessities.”
This new funding is part of the record $16.6 billion the Federal Labor Government is investing in the State's road and rail infrastructure.