LNP detail their roll out plans for CQ infrastructure
FIGHTING for money to fund infrastructure for Capricornia is something the local member Michelle Landry has had plenty of practice doing in Canberra.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt described her as "wearing a track in the carpet" to the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack's office, who was the Minister for infrastructure.
On Tuesday, she took Mr Pitt on a tour around the region, inspecting some of the works which were in progress and recently completed before discussing the Coalition's plans to drive future infrastructure projects.
Mr Pitt was impressed to observe the progress of the $10 million runway resurfacing of Rockhampton Airport.
"Works like this to renew the landing surface are vital to ensure the safety and the efficiency of our servicing aircraft and to keep the airport humming for years to come," Mr Pitt said.
Ms Landry said the Federal Government has invested $5 million in this project under the first round of the Building Better Regions Fund - Infrastructure Stream.
"Those who know me, know just how passionate I am about improving our infrastructure and delivering jobs; this project does both and helps cement the airport as a vital economic driver for the region," Ms Landry said.
"A major part of this project is focussed on getting the strip back open sooner after flooding events, a vital improvement for one of the city's great assets.
"It's not just about the 16 jobs this project creates in the short term, it is about ensuring our airport is of the highest standard for years to come."
They next inspected three major road upgrades around Rockhampton delivered in the past two months as part of the Coalition Government's Roads to Recovery Program.
Mr Pitt said a total of $850,000 had been spent under the program to upgrade, improve safety and transit times for Bridge St, one of North Rockhampton's main link roads, and two suburban streets - Rodger St in North Rockhampton and Bevis St in South Rockhampton.
Ms Landry said the condition of the three roads had failed to a point where they were considered to be unsafe, particularly in wet weather conditions.
"This is a wonderful outcome for the people of Rocky with upgrades to drainage, kerbing and road surfaces providing locals and visitors with confidence when driving on our roads," she said.
"In Rockhampton we have delivered $350,000 to upgrade Bridge Street, $230,000 for Bevis Street and $270,000 for Rodger Street. Investments that will have a long-term positive impact for the area."
Labor has promised to duplicate the Rockhampton-Yeppoon road and Ms Landry, who is a regular traveller of the road, said her government was looking at options with regards to duplication and passing lanes.
"We're keen to see that Capricorn Highway, the four lanes between Rocky and Gracemere proceed, we put the money on the table for that last election, " Ms Landry said.
"I think [the Queensland Government] was asking for tenders for that, they hadn't done a full plan for that so whoever got the tender for that, had to put the plans in action as well.
"Further north in my electorate, the Walkerston Ring Road needs to be moving too but we're waiting on Labor to move forward with that."
Mr Pitt noted the substantial works in the Rockhampton region on the Bruce Highway, particularly on the northern and southern approaches which linked in with Ms Landry's lobbying for Ring Road funds.
"We recognise that it's a very important project, obviously we're here to listen and we do have to work with the state government," he said.
Ms Landry said she was very keen to see the $65m Ring Road project realised with work currently underway by Main Roads towards land acquisitions in the proposed corridor.
"[Councillor] Neil Fisher was just talking at the airport about the advantages of having that Ring Road, getting the heavy transport outside of Rocky, linking up Gracemere and Parkhurst areas rather than than those big mine vehicles going through town and just keeping the traffic moving smoothly " she said.
She said the Ring Road would also improve also access around the airport which would be important, especially once Rookwood Weir was up and going.
Rookwood Weir is another infrastructure project that Ms Landry is looking forward to seeing construction commenced after the wet season in 2019, once negotiations conclude between State and Federal governments to run it as a joint venture.