Safety and Productivity Boost for Atherton Tablelands

THE federal government has today announced the successful projects under Round Four of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.

Infrastructure projects on the Atherton Tablelands that will improve productivity and safety for local heavy vehicles will now receive $750,000 in commonwealth funding to assist with project completion.

North Queensland-based government Senator Ian Macdonald said that Round Four of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will provide a funding boost in the order of $1.66 million for heavy vehicle road safety projects across Queensland.

“I am however delighted that a large portion of the funding allocation is being directed into an important part of regional Queensland like the Atherton Tablelands,” he said.

After a competitive merit-based selection process, $375,000 in funding has been approved for each of two Tablelands Regional Council projects:

  • upgrade works at Channel Road at Walkamin to provide a safe B-Double link from Hansen Road to the Kennedy Highway; and,

  • construction of a new B-Double parking and uncoupling area at Jonnson Road Tumoulin.

“The Coalition Government is committed to making heavy vehicle operations more productive and safer for all road users.

“And we are as committed to delivering these much-needed upgrades in regional areas as we are in the capital cities,” said Senator Macdonald.

The Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme will deliver $200 million in new funding from 2014–15 to 2018–19.

“Along with the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery, $500 million Black Spot and $300 million Bridges Renewal programmes, we are making a real difference to road safety and productivity across northern and western Queensland,” said the Senator.

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