North and west Qld secure valuable road upgrade


North and west Queensland get cash injection of $26 million from the Federal Government for roads

North and west Queensland will receive a sizeable boost in funding to upgrade vital transport routes, through a cash injection of $26 million from the Federal Government.

The funds which will be handed over to 12 councils throughout the region are part of the $1.75 billion Roads to Recovery program.

Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia Gary Gray says it will be up to councils to decide where the money is used.

"This funding can be used for any road works, with councils able to spend their allocations on the local priorities identified by local communities," Gray says.

Areas which will benefit from the scheme include roads in the Doomadgee Aboriginal Community, Mount Isa and Flinders, McKinlay, Cloncurry, Boulia, Diamantina and Richmond Shires in the west and Burke, Carpentaria, Croydon and Etheridge Shires in the Northern Gulf.

Gray says more areas will follow throughout the country in the next five years.

"All up, our record road funding for the nation’s councils and shires will deliver more than 20,000 minor road projects in every part of the country over the next five years," he says.

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