16 August, 2021
More sealing completed on Clermont-Alpha Road
Another five kilometres of Clermont-Alpha Road has been sealed, north of Alpha, in western Queensland. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia and Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the $3.01 million project was funded through the Regional Economic Enabling Fund (REEF) and had helped drive economic and regional growth at a time when it was needed most.
“Investing in lasting road infrastructure is a secure way of supporting the national economy, especially during testing times including our recovery efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Littleproud said.
“The Clermont-Alpha Road is a key strategic route to growing regional Australia's beef industry.
“This latest upgrade further improves essential links between goods and markets, as well as connecting people with jobs and services.
“This is another example of the Federal Coalition Government’s record $110 billion nationwide infrastructure plan driving regional Queensland jobs and growth, and securing Australia’s world-leading economic recovery.”
Queensland Assistant Regional Roads Minister Bruce Saunders said the project had extended the existing sealed section of road by another five kilometres, about 65 kilometres north of Alpha.
“These sealing works are critical to improving safety, they reduce travel times and make the road more accessible during wet weather," Mr Saunders said.
"Works started in November 2020 and have been completed this month (July 2021) with local council road crews delivering the project on time and on budget.
“This work will also help support the Palaszczuk Government’s long-term vision to build an inland freight route from Charters Towers to Mungindi, taking heavy haulage off the Bruce Highway.
“This project is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s record $27.5 billion roads and transport investment over four years, which is creating 24, 000 jobs, and helping to drive Queensland’s economic recovery.
"This includes a $328.3 million funding commitment for Central West Queensland, creating an average of 400 direct jobs.”
Barcaldine Regional Council Mayor Sean Dillon said the project had contributed to employment stability for its road crews, while leaving a lasting long-term legacy.
"Sealing another section of the Clermont-Alpha Road has delivered a tangible benefit of great value to our communities and the freight, agricultural and mining industries which rely on a resilient and reliable road network to live and grow both now and into the future," Cr Dillon said.
For more information about the project, visit www.tmr.qld.gov.au