The Turnbull Government’s Budget 2018-19 includes over 40 new major transport projects and initiatives that will help to create stronger Northern communities, including $3.3 billion to continue funding to the Bruce Highway, bringing the Australian Government’s total commitment to $10 billion.
Northern based Federal Government Senator Ian Macdonald said another $160 million has been committed to the Outback Way.
“This important nation building project is something I have been advocating for for almost two decades and I’m thrilled funding has been committed which will better link Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland,” Senator Macdonald said.
“In addition to funding for new projects, the government has also announced the $3.5 billion Roads of Strategic importance initiative. Of that funding, $1.5 billion has been allocated to roads in Northern Australia.
“The Australian Government is serious about investing in regional routes, supporting local jobs and boosting regional economic activity by better connecting farms and factories with their markets across Australia.
“Importantly, we’ve also announced $200 million to deliver a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund, bringing the total commitment to the program to $641.6 million.
“A fourth round of the Stronger Communities Programme will also be delivered, with an additional $22.5 million committed.
“Budget 2018-19 provides targeted support to regional aviation improvements, with an additional $24 million over four years to the Remote Airstrip Upgrade component.”
Additionally, the Australian Government will provide $5.2 billion for priority regional and urban infrastructure in Queensland.