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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2391

(Question No. 5130)

Mr Wright asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 23 February 1987:

(1) What sum has the Government provided to the Queensland Government for road funding since 1983-84.

(2) Is he able to say what percentage of funds spent in Queensland on roads have been provided by the Commonwealth.

(3) What sum has been spent by the Commonwealth on national highways in (a) Queensland and (b) Central Queensland since 1983.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Since 1983-84, the Federal Government has provided $1,028.6 million to the Queensland Government for expenditure on roads. This figure includes $257.6 million allocated for 1986-87.

(2) In 1986-87, it is estimated from figures contained in the 1986-87 Queensland Capital Works Program that the Federal Government will be providing 60 per cent of funds for capital works on roads under the control of the State Government. This includes the National Highway which is fully funded by the Federal Government. Figures for expenditure by Local Government are not available.

(3) (a) Since 1983-84, the Federal Government has allocated $455.5 million for the National Highway system in Queensland which comprises the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Cairns; the Cunningham and New England Highways between Brisbane and the NSW border; and the Warrego, Landsborough, Flinders and Barkly Highways between Brisbane and the NT border.

(b) Since 1983 approval has been given for the expenditure of $76.044 million on the National Highway in Central Queensland, which is defined as the Landsborough Highway from Tambo to Longreach and the Bruce Highway from Bundaberg to Mackay.