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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3565


Mr Truss asked the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, in writing, on 3 February 2009:

(1)   Does he agree with the Australian Road Assessment Program that the Cooroy to Gympie section of the Bruce Highway is the worst part of the national highway in Queensland (QLD) (Safer Roads Save Lives: Star Ratings For Queensland Country Highways, April 2008, pages 14-6).

(2)   Is he aware that the Queensland Government has decided to impose a 90 kilometre per hour speed limit on a large part of this section of the Bruce Highway.

(3)   What is the Australian Government’s target date for completing the four-laning of the Bruce Highway from Cooroy to Curra.

(4)   What funding will be provided for this project in the: (a) 2009-10; (b) 2010-11; (c) 2011-12; (d) 2012-13; (e) 2013-14; and (f) 2014-15; financial years.

(5)   What is the estimated total cost of four-laning the Bruce Highway from Cooroy to Curra.


Mr Albanese (Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   The April 2008 Australian Road Assessment Program report on “Start Ratings for Queensland’s Country Highways” identifies a section of the Bruce Highway approximately from Cooroy to an area south Gympie as having the lowest start rating for the National Network in Queensland.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   and (4) The Australian Government has committed $200 million for the Cooroy to Curra section, under the Nation Building Program.

(5)   The Queensland Government has submitted a proposal to Infrastructure Australia for the duplication of the Bruce Highway from Cooroy to Curra.