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Truck drivers to benefit from $110 million upgrades in Southeast QLD

The Federal Government has announced it will invest $110 million to improve key freight corridors in southeast Queensland under the $3.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.

Upgrades to sections of highway between Toowoomba and Ipswich and Toowoomba to Seymour are expected to shave journey times for truck drivers and other motorists while improving safety.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s ROSI initiative would better connect regional industries such as mining and agriculture to domestic and international markets.

“Under the ROSI initiative we are targeting priority road corridors used by agricultural, mining and other industries to provide more reliable road infrastructure and improve connections across the supply chain and to ports, airports and transport hubs,” he said.

“These upgrades will help improve profitability for our farmers. This investment will also benefit local communities, boosting local economies and jobs by improving the links between regional areas and access to essential services, such as healthcare and education.”

The Toowoomba to Ipswich section, a 90-kilometre corridor reportedly which sees the second largest volume of traffic for a rural corridor in Queensland, has been allocated $60 million.

Member for Groom John McVeigh said it was a key link into Brisbane from a number of connecting freight routes.

“This corridor is the southern east-west spine of the Queensland freight route, carrying around $13 billion worth of freight each year, which makes the corridor heavily congested as well as creating safety concerns,” he said.

“Our targeted investment in this corridor will improve efficiency and safety, bust congestion and have positive flow on benefits for connecting corridors, including the Toowoomba to Seymour and the Townsville to Roma corridors,” said McVeigh.

“The Government’s investment in these corridors will build on our strong record of creating jobs and bringing greater opportunities for local businesses."

The Toowoomba to Seymour section along the Gore Highway has been allocated $50 million.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said it was crucial for farmers to get their products to market.

“Australian farmers are amongst the best in the world at what they do. However, they need to be able to get their products to the domestic and overseas processors and consumers," he said.

"Upgrades to these key freight corridors will facilitate this and help improve farmers’ profitability at the farmgate,” said Littleproud.

McVeigh said the Toowoomba to Seymour corridor extended from Queensland to Victoria and offered critical freight access for fuel and key agricultural sectors, including grain and cotton.

“This major route contributes to the competitiveness of Australia’s agricultural and mining sectors and connects to essential freight networks throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria,” he said.

“These upgrades will address pinch points along the corridor to improve traffic flow, as well as improve productivity for the large volume of heavy vehicles accessing this route. This is a great outcome for freight operators, industry and local communities, who will benefit from the safer, more efficient corridor and improved links between regional towns.”

Upgrades along these corridors according to the Federal Government will improve the competitiveness of Australia’s agricultural and mining sectors and open up access to essential freight networks.

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