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$500M committed to upgrade beef transport corridors in QLD

Transporters within Central Queensland’s beef industry will benefit from the delivery of $500 million worth of upgrades to priority road corridors.

The Queensland Government, in partnership with the Australian Government, will work with seven local government mayors and key industry stakeholders on the identification of short, medium and long-term beef road priorities to inform a 10-year Central Queensland Beef Roads Investment Strategy.

This includes the Mayors of Barcaldine Regional, Central Highlands, Gladstone Regional, Isaac Regional, Rockhampton Regional, Banana Shire and the Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire councils, who have been advocating for infrastructure investment to improve the roads forming part of the state’s beef supply chain.

To begin the initiative, an early works package is being developed with the Queensland Government funding contribution, prioritising the following projects:

Pave and seal sections along Clermont-Alpha Road in Mackay/Whitsunday and Central West districts
Pave and seal and widening of floodway along Alpha-Tambo Road in the Central West district
Pave and seal in sections of the Fitzroy Developmental Road between Bauhinia – Duaringa in the Fitzroy district
Pave and seal section along May Downs Road in the Mackay/Whitsunday district

Construction is expected to commence progressively from 2024-25.

These works are in addition to the $107 million early works package announced in November 2023 to kickstart works on the $1 billion Inland Freight Route, also known as the ‘Second Bruce’.

Queensland’s beef corridor network stretches across nearly 218,000 square kilometres and, according to the Queensland Government, contributes $1.7 billion to the Australian economy.

Upgrading the network will increase productivity across the agriculture and resource industry sectors along with improving safety.

“The road upgrades to be proposed under a 10-year Central Queensland’s Beef Roads Investment Strategy will provide safer and more efficient transport solutions for this nationally-significant industry and increase economic opportunities for the region,” said Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Bart Mellish.

“In partnership with its federal counterparts, the Department of Transport and Main Roads will engage with relevant local governments and key industry stakeholders to develop a 10-year strategy to prioritise beef road upgrades where they are needed most.

Mellish said future projects will be confirmed through the annual release of the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program which outlines current and planned investment in road and transport infrastructure for delivery over the following four-year program.

In other news, CEVA Logistics has announced the opening of its new 34,000-square-metre facility in the Aspect Industrial Estate in Kemps Creek, New South Wales.

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