Major highway upgrade south of Roma to greet tourists
DRIVING through the Maranoa has been made much easier after upgrades to the Carnarvon Highway reached another major milestone.
The $3 million section south of Roma included major resurfacing works and supported 15 jobs.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it builds on another $3.56 million upgrade of the highway completed earlier this year at Upper Dawson and a $4.14 million upgrade between St George and Surat completed last year.
“Roads are an critical element of regional Queensland’s supply network and these upgrades are vital to supporting freight operators, primary producers and rural communities, and creating more local jobs as we bounce back from COVID-19,” Mr Bailey said.
“They’re also crucial for our outback tourism operators, and the completion of this project is perfectly timed as our borders re-open and Queenslanders are Good to Go to popular tourism sites like the Carnarvon Gorge.
“Global economies have been impacted by COVID-19, including both Australia and Queensland’s, but because we continue to manage the health impacts the Palaszczuk Government has started delivering a plan to unite and recover for Queensland jobs.
“For our roads and transport that includes more than $1 billion in new and accelerated funding announced in just the last three months, plus an ongoing $14.5 billion regional infrastructure program, supporting 13,500 jobs.”