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Four-lane Bruce Hwy will boost Wide Bay

28th September 2020

The LNP’s plan to four-lane the Bruce Highway will deliver huge benefits for businesses and workers in the Wide Bay, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.

Ms Frecklington today stopped at a Wide Bay farm on the first day of her regional road-trip along the Bruce to outline her plan to four-lane the highway between Curra and Cairns.

The massive construction project will cost an estimated $33bn over the next 15 years, creating 100,000 jobs and supercharging Queensland’s coastal economies.

“The LNP’s plan will deliver a safer, stronger and more efficient Bruce Highway for everyone in the Wide Bay region,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The LNP will ensure that Wide Bay construction contracts go to Wide Bay businesses to create new jobs for locals.

“Thanks to the anti-regions Palaszczuk Labor Government, Wide Bay now has the highest unemployment rate in Queensland and almost 14,000 people here are unemployed.

“Our plan will create construction jobs, but will also boost productivity and help Wide Bay businesses to grow – creating further jobs for this region.

“Right now, the Wide Bay economy depends on a two-lane road that can be closed for hours at a time by crashes or accidents.

“Our plan for the Bruce is bold and ambitious, but I believe Queensland must start building for the future.

“Only an LNP Government will get Queensland working again.”

The Bruce Highway is a two-lane road for 1470km of its total 1650km length.

An LNP Government would work with the Morrison Federal Government to secure an 80:20 federal-state funding arrangement to meet the $33bn cost of the 15-year project.

A dedicated panel of local Queensland construction contractors will be assembled to ensure regional companies are prioritised when contracts are awarded.

Construction will create an estimated 6820 full-time jobs a year – more than 100,000 jobs over the life of the project.

The LNP will also invest a further $50m to provide more driver reviver rest stops along the Bruce Highway and upgrade existing stops.

Road safety data shows there were 126 fatalities on the highway between 2014 and 2018 – an average of more than 30 lives lost a year.

LNP Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said extra investment in the Bruce Highway was long overdue.

“The Bruce is our gateway to the South-East and to North Queensland,” Mr Bennett said.

“The Bruce Highway is critical to our economy, but huge sections of the road are too slow and too dangerous.

“A more efficient, four-lane Bruce would ensure that local farmers and businesses can send and receive deliveries on time.

“A better Bruce Highway will also encourage more tourists to visit and explore our region.

“Only the LNP has a plan to turn Queensland’s most important road into Queensland’s best road.”

LNP Member for Bundaberg David Batt said his electorate urgently needed the benefits of a four-lane Bruce Highway.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government will never prioritise the infrastructure that Bundaberg needs,” Mr Batt said.

“With thousands of local people out of work, it’s time to invest in job-creating infrastructure like the four-lane Bruce Highway.

“Only the LNP has a plan to stimulate the Wide Bay economy, create a decade of secure jobs and drag us out of recession.

“Only an LNP Government will get Queensland working again.”