$370 million for Bruce Highway upgrade
The Queensland State Government has announced it will spend $370 million to repair 116 sites on the Bruce Highway between Rockhampton and Cairns after the damage caused by the spate of natural disasters earlier in the year.
The repair initiative is a joint Federal and State government move, with the 75 per cent of the spending contributed by the Federal Government.
It follows the earlier announcement by Premier Anna Bligh of a 20-year masterplan to upgrade the Bruce Highway.
The regional breakdown of Bruce Highway repair works are:
- FNQ $60m 9 sites
- Townsville $19.5m 5 sites
- Mackay $42m 75 sites
- Fitzroy $248m 27 sites
- Total $370m 116 sites
Announcements of flood-repair funding for other parts of the Bruce will be made in coming weeks.
An estimated 1200 direct and indirect jobs will be created by the work while up to 14,000 jobs are to be generated by statewide reconstruction efforts.