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10 December 2001 B58/2001

SENATOR WELCOMES NEW INDUSTRIAL ERA PORT ROAD BRINGS

Construction of a new $200 million road linking the Gateway Motorway directly with the Port of Brisbane at Fisherman Islands will usher in a new development phase for the city aimed at making Brisbane a key export manufacturing centre for the Pacific Rim, Senator Ron Boswell, said boldly today.

With Greater Brisbane poised to exceed Melbourne's population by 2025, Senator Boswell said the new road would create a new urban transport and manufacturing hub based on under-utilised land at the mouth of the Brisbane River and served by its twin sea and air port assets.

The area already employs 20,000 people and is home to more than 10 large intermodal and freight logistics businesses. However, Senator Boswell said the area could employ potentially another 30,000 people in new 'smart business' activities.

"Such a concept dovetails with the Federal Government's policy of developing major road and rail connections that serve the national interest by linking places of agriculture and manufacture more efficiently with ports and airports," Senator Boswell said.

Both are major economic drivers for the Queensland economy, handing exports and imports worth more than $12 billion annually.

"Although a road for the city, the new Port of Brisbane Motorway will generate benefits for the industry and people of regional Queensland," he said.

Until now, a lack of infrastructure - particularly a safe and efficient road to the Port of Brisbane from the Gateway Motorway - has hindered development of integrated, logistics and manufacturing base concept for Brisbane.

The first stage of the motorway will connect to a new interchange on the Gateway Motorway, cross Bulimba Creek and link with Lindum Road. Further stages will extend the new motorway along a new alignment to link with Port Drive - the feeder road to the port complex at Fisherman Islands.

Associated works include an upgrade of Lytton Road at Murarrie and work at Hemmant to improve traffic safety, ease congestion and aid access for local residents ad industry.

Senator Boswell said the Federal Government would contribute $48.6 million for construction of a new interchange off the Gateway Motorway under a partnership arrangement with the State Government and the Port of Brisbane Corporation.

Queensland Motorways Limited, the owners and operators the new Port of Brisbane motorway, will also

manage its construction. Stage one of the motorway is being delivered through an innovative alliance arrangement involving the private sector.

It involves:

constructing the initial stage of the new two-lane motorway between the Gateway Motorway and Lindum Road, and ●

upgrading the Hemmant-Tingalpa bridge. ●

Senator Boswell said the Federal Government was proud to have provided seed funding for the concept, in addition to its construction of the standard gauge rail link to the port, and to have been the catalyst for the ports precinct concept.

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