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Commonwealth seeks new road funding arrangements.



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MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

26 November 2002

Commonwealth seeks new road funding arrangements

The Federal Government wants to negotiate a new, strategic focus, for the roll-out of projects on the National Highway network in Queensland ahead of the introduction of its new national transport strategy, known as AusLink.

"The Commonwealth has been working with Queensland on a future programme that offers the Federal Government a greater degree of transparency and control and shifts away from the approach currently in place," Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott said today.

Mr Scott was commenting on recent announcements by Queensland Main Roads that individual projects included in the Queensland National Highway programme had been deferred.

In Maranoa, the deferred projects include planning for a widening and rehabilitation project between Ellwoods Road and the Stanthorpe bypass and ongoing upgrading between the Eight Mile intersection and Cunninghams Gap.

"The Federal Government will continue to fund committed projects that have been tendered or commenced. For other works, the Federal Government is seeking a new, focused road construction programme linked to specific safety and condition improvements outcomes for the highway network.

These projects will be considered as part of a pilot programme, based on the new guidelines, to commence in Queensland in 2003-04," Mr Scott said.

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