Groom focus continues on building roads, rail and other infrastructure
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Groom is set to benefit from the Australian Government’s continuing infrastructure investment under a range of programs to ensure the region’s economy can reach its potential, by tackling congestion, creating jobs, improving productivity, and better connecting residents and businesses.
Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh continued to benefit from targeted infrastructure spending including the Inland Rail and Toowoomba’s Second Range Crossing.
"Toowoomba is a city on the move. It is an exciting time to be part of our growing community and see the many opportunities arise from big investments to infrastructure improvements in the region currently underway,” Dr McVeigh said.
“With other infrastructure measures aimed at roads of strategic importance I will be able to move forward with further projects in the coming months,” he said.
“A further $54.4 million has been allocated to finish the $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, while $12.2 million will be spent on safety upgrades on the Warrego Highway west of Oakey.
“There are also a number of small projects which are very significant for local communities. Under the Bridges Renewal Program the Federal Government has provided $350,000 to match the Toowoomba Regional Council dollar-for-dollar to replace the Mally Road Culvert at Hodgson Vale.”
Toowoomba Regional Council has also been allocated funds for a number of projects, many of which are already underway, under the Roads to Recovery Program including:
- $570,000 to rehabilitate the roadway at Clifford Street, West Meringandan;
- $430,000 on install culverts at Irongate Road at Springside;
- $400,000 to install footpaths and kerb and channel at Kingsthorpe-Haden Road;
- $5.4 million to upgrade the intersection of Mort, Hogg and Griffith streets, Cranley;
- $1.7 million for roadworks at Peters Road, West Meringandan;
- $690,000 for rehabilitation of Pipeline Road, Pittsworth;
- $250,000 for a new roundabout at the corner of Wallace and Clairmont Street, Newtown;
- $430,000 to realign the intersection of West Street and Drayton Road;
- $1.9 million to construct new lanes on Wyreema Cambooya Road.
Dr McVeigh said a further $200 million had been announced in the 2018-19 Budget to deliver a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).
“The Federal Government last year contributed $2.04 million under this programme towards the building of the LifeFlight Toowoomba permanent base which is currently underway. This Government is committed to providing community-driven infrastructure.”