Funds in­jec­tion will drive city econ­omy

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Emily Mac­don­ald emily. mac­don­ald@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

DISAS­TER re­lief fund­ing will pay for $ 600 mil­lion worth of road re­pairs in N o r t h a n d F a r N o r t h Queens­land cre­at­ing 6500 jobs over the next two to three years.

Main Roads Min­is­ter Craig Wal­lace said the fund­ing came on top of that al­ready ded­i­cated to projects like the Ring Rd du­pli­ca­tion and Port Ac­cess Rd.

He said work­shops would be held in Townsville and Cairns this month to tell com­pa­nies how they can be­come in­volved.

‘‘ We can’t do this work wi t h o u t c o mpa n i e s a n d work­ers in NQ and FNQ – they will not miss out on these projects,’’ Mr Wal­lace said.

‘‘ I need as many lo­cal com­pa­nies and work­ers as pos­si­ble to join the re­pair job from back­hoe op­er­a­tors to big con­sor­tia.

‘‘ Some of these busi­nesses have been do­ing it tough so this is an im­por­tant in­jec­tion for the econ­omy.

‘‘ As well as re­pair work with Main Roads, there will be plenty of work on coun­cil road projects and on ex­ist­ing hoped it would not take the f o c us a way f r o m much­needed up­grades to the road net­work.

‘‘ Any­thing that cre­ates jobs for the city’s peo­ple should be met with ap­plause and we throw our weight be­hind that kind of con­cept,’’ he said.

‘‘ What I’m most keen to en­sure how­ever, is that this money on re­pairs does not fur­ther de­lay the city build­ing in­fra­struc­ture we need in re­gards to roads from be­ing com­pleted.

‘‘ The com­mu­nity should de­mand these two projects should be treated sep­a­rately so the re­pair work gets the ex­tra re­sources as needed but we need the work on con­gested in­ter­sec­tions de­liv­ered.

‘‘ I’m talk­ing about Dal­rym­ple Rd and Ban­field Dr, Wool­cock and Mather Sts, Mervyn Cross­man Dr, Stu­art Dr and all those key in­ter­sec­tions which are still needed des­per­ately as well as the re­build­ing process to bring us back to where we were.’’

Com­pet­i­tive ten­ders will be called for up to 80 dif­fer­ent projects.

C o m p a n i e s m u s t b e pre­qual­i­fied to take part in the re­pair ef­fort.

Work­shops will be held in Cairns on March 15 and Townsville on March 16 For de­tails, call 4040 6339.

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