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Townsville Ring Road Section 4 completed six months ahead of schedule

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Darren Chester Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Matthew Canavan Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator for Queensland

Mark Bailey

Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Coralee O’Rourke Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland

12 December 2016 Joint Media Statement

Townsville Ring Road Section 4 completed six months ahead of schedule

• Final link of Townsville Ring Road finished six months ahead of schedule • The project will improve road safety, freight productivity and local driving conditions • Almost 300 direct jobs were supported over construction phase

Townsville’s industries and residents have received an early Christmas present, with the final link in the Townsville Ring Road project completed and open to traffic six months ahead of schedule.

The new road was officially opened today by Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan and Queensland Main Roads Minister and Road Safety Mark Bailey.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new road was great news for the entire region, producing safer driving conditions, more efficient freight movement and less congestion in the city.

“Today’s opening is the final piece of the puzzle in a 22 kilometre road project which is expected to remove 10,400 vehicles a day from nearby Woolcock Street. Not only will the ring road reduce local congestion, it will also address the high risk of an accident occurring on the existing Shaw Road section,” Mr Chester said.

“Negotiating with heavy vehicles is difficult at the best of times, and this project will improve the movement of freight traffic to and from the Port of Townsville. This is a great outcome for road safety, and with less congestion on the local road network, a great outcome for residents too.”

Queensland Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety said the $200 million project, which commenced construction in March 2015, would provide a significant boost to the Townsville economy.

“This project had a strong focus on local employment by sourcing local products and services. This allowed the construction team to save on transport costs and keep money within the community,” Mr Bailey said.

“Principal contractor Seymour Whyte sourced more than 80 per cent of labour, plant, subcontractors and materials for this project locally, pumping about $106 million into the local economy. In addition, all fill was sourced from local quarries, making a significant contribution to local businesses and supporting local employment.”

Senator Canavan said the Coalition Government’s investments in roads and transport were a significant part of the $6 billion Northern Australia Agenda.

“As one of the major cities in Northern Australia, Townsville will be the gateway to new opportunities and industry,” Senator Canavan said.

“Our City Deal is a comprehensive strategy that focusses on investment in urban and regional roads, water, research and community infrastructure such as the Cowboys stadium, to ensure Townsville is ready to make the most of economic growth, including from the recent announcement of Townsville as the headquarters for the Adani Carmichael mine.”

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O'Rourke MP said the new road would pay ongoing dividends for the local community and North Queensland for years to come.

“The Townsville Ring Road will support the future economic growth of the North Queensland Region, providing a freight bypass, better access to the Port and improved travel times and reliability for industry,” Ms O’Rourke said.

Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said the project had included a significant local workforce of labourers, plant operators, truck drivers, traffic controllers, administrators, engineers and specialist contractors.

“Almost 300 direct jobs were supported during the life of this project, with up to 250 people employed during peak construction,” Mr Harper said.

The Bruce Highway - Townsville Ring Road - Section 4 project is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $160 million and the Queensland Government contributing $40 million.

Media Contacts

For Mr Chester: Kerri Griffiths 0417 617 482

For Mr Bailey: Amy Hunter 0423 651 484

For Senator Canavan: Kylie Barron 0438 493 114

For Ms O’Rourke: Neva Woolmer 0408 317 992