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Australia's Government of Queensland is to invest A$89.3m ($68m) in improving road infrastructure in North West district in 2017-18. 

This will be provided to the region under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Programme (QTRIP).

The projects carried out under QTRIP in the district include paving and sealing sections of the Kennedy Developmental Road between Hughenden and The Lynd for A$16m ($12m). In addition, works will be undertaken to upgrade culverts on the Flinders Highway between Charters Towers and Hughenden with an investment of A$7.8m ($5.9m), as well as culvert improvements between Hughenden and Richmond for A$5.5m ($4m).

"This budget shows our commitment to delivering key infrastructure, including A$16m to pave and seal sections of the Kennedy Developmental Road."

Queensland Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said: "The funding for North West Queensland is part of the Palaszczuk government’s record spend on road and transport infrastructure across the state for the second year in a row, with an investment of close to A$21bn ($16bn) over the next four years, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs.

"This will include A$282.5m ($215.2m) of works planned and supporting 324 direct jobs just for the North West alone, over the next four years.

"This budget shows our commitment to delivering key infrastructure, including A$16m to pave and seal sections of the Kennedy Developmental Road and creating jobs for the North West and the entire state.”

Emphasising Queensland Government’s commitment to the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS), Bailey added that it would continue to invest in improving roads network, boosting productivity, and helping economic growth. 

 

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