Bruce upgrades help all Queenslanders: Macdonald

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the governments announcement of the start of work on Bruce highway upgrades in Townsvilles south.

The federal Coalition Government is maintaining its commitment to the Bruce Highway, one of the nations most important transport corridors he said.

The Vantassel Street to Cluden duplication is valued at $137 million and was announced yesterday by the Federal Infrastructure Minister, deputy Prime Minister the Hon Warren Truss MP.

With my office in Townsville and my home in Ayr I have a personal interest in this road upgrade and look forward to the eventual time savings that this new work will bring, Senator Macdonald said.

This major upgrade is just a small part of the Governments $8.5 billion Bruce Highway action plan.

These road surface, route and flood mitigation upgrades will benefit all of Queensland by making our main coastal arterial road safer and more accessible, he said.

Goods will flow more easily up and down the coast, tourists will more easily be able to access the splendour of the Queensland coastline - as well as the dramatic outback landscapes and the people of Queensland will be able to conduct their business more efficiently.

Reports released today by Tourism Australia suggest that the Australian Tourism industry will be worth between $115 billion and $140 billion per annum by 2020.

The federal government is investing in that future for all Queenslanders by building and repairing the infrastructure backbone that is the Bruce Highway.

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