Regional Queensland is the real winner. "When our regions thrive, Queensland thrives."

Published On : 31 Jul 2019


The Queensland government has allocated $23 billion to transport infrastructure over the next four years. Mr Mark Bailey the Transport and Main Roads Minister said that regional Queensland was the real winner with more than $14.5 billion of the total budget going to projects not in the Brisbane, Ipswich and Redland Government areas.

“When our regions thrive, Queensland thrives, so this budget will ensure tens of thousands of jobs are created in the regions, supporting their population growth and economic development. “

The investment plan for the next four years will focus on:

  • Supporting Indigenous employment
  • Congestion busting projects so that Queenslanders spend less time in their cars
  • Projects that take truck traffic off local roads
  • Provide bypass roads to reduce costs and travelling times for the mining, agricultural and freight industries.
  • $900 million on targeted upgrades to make roads safer
  • Ensuring all 75 of the six car set trains are in service by the end of the 2019-20 financial year
  • $100 million on boat ramps, platoons, jetties, floating walkways and dredging.

“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work with the Federal Government, Local Governments and the private sector to ensure this pipeline of investment continues to support Queensland communities and create local jobs.”

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Below is a list of all the projects listed within the plan:

Major roads projects (including investments jointly funded with the Australian Government)

  • $1.03 billion widening, from four to six lanes, of the Pacific Motorway between Varsity Lakes and Tugun
  • $1 billion funding commitment for the Gateway Motorway extension between Bracken Ridge and Pine River
  • $1 billion for the Bruce Highway – Cooroy to Curra (Section D)
  • $812.9 million widening of the Bruce Highway, from four to six lanes, between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway, and upgrading interchanges at Caloundra Road and Sunshine Motorway
  • $749 million motorway widening and busway extension along the Pacific Motorway between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill
  • $662.5 million widening of the Bruce Highway, from Pine River to Caloundra Road
  • $514.3 million construction of the Haughton River Floodplain upgrade on the Bruce Highway between Horseshoe Lagoon and Palm Creek
  • $497.4 million construction of the Mackay Ring Road (stage 1) project
  • $481 million construction of the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor (stage 3)
  • $400 million for the Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea to Darra) (stage 1) project to upgrade the motorway from four to six lanes from just east of the Oxley Road roundabout to the Granard Road interchange at Rocklea
  • $301.3 million construction of the Maroochydore Road Interchange Upgrade (stage 1) project
  • $197.5 million widening of the Pacific Motorway, from four to six lanes, between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes
  • $195.3 million construction of additional southbound lanes on the merge between the Gateway Motorway and the Pacific Motorway at Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale
  • $189.3 million upgrade of the Peak Downs Highway at Eton Range
  • $180 million construction of the Bruce Highway – Townsville Ring Road (stage 5)
  • $152 million construction of the Smithfield Bypass project between McGregor Road and Caravonica roundabouts in Cairns
  • $150 million construction of the Deception Bay Road Interchange Upgrade on the Bruce Highway
  • $146.3 million commitment for Pacific Motorway interchange upgrades at Exits 41 and 49
  • $121 million duplication, from two to four lanes, the Bruce Highway Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade (stage 1) between Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road and Parkhurst
  • $110.6 million construction of additional lanes on the Bruce Highway between Ron Camm Bridge and Mackay Ring Road (stage 1), as part of the Mackay Northern Access Upgrade project
  • $104.1 million construction of the Bruce Highway – Cairns Southern Access Corridor (stage 4) (Kate Street to Aumuller Street)
  • $80 million construction of the Sumners Road interchange over the Centenary Motorway
  • $26 million construction of the Everton Park Link Road connecting Stafford Road and South Pine Road

Rail projects

  • $4.156 billion New Generation Rollingstock project
  • $634.4 million European Train Control System – Inner City implementation
  • $298.2 million for upgrading or improving station accessibility at 11 train stations – Strathpine, Boondall, Morayfield, Auchenflower, Southbank, Albion, Cannon Hill, Loganlea, Dakabin, Buranda and East Ipswich
  • $160.8 million (Queensland Government contribution) towards the $550.8 million commitment towards upgrading of the North Coast Line between Beerburrum train station and Nambour train station
  • $120 million for three new railway stations on the Gold Coast, associated with the Cross River Rail project
  • $88.6 million for about 1500 extra car spaces at eight south-east Queensland train station park ‘n’ rides
  • $87.7 million Townsville to Mount Isa Rail Line
  • $68.2 million North Coast Line capacity improvement project (passing loops)
  • $57 million for upgrading various stations between Fairfield train station and Salisbury train station
  • $5 million upgrade of the Yeppoon Rail Line

Public transport infrastructure projects

  • $250 million for the Inner Northern Busway at Roma Street Station
  • $53 million construction of the Northern Transitway project to deliver bus priority measures along Gympie Arterial Road between Sadlier Street and Hamilton Road
  • $22 million for the Eastern Transitway project to deliver bus priority measures along Old Cleveland Road
  • $21 million to deliver about 600 new car spaces at Greenbank bus park ‘n’ ride
  • $4.5 million to provide 340 extra car spaces at the Eight Mile Plains bus station park ‘n’ ride

Bike-riding infrastructure projects

  • $42.7 million construction of the Veloway 1 (V1) Cycleway (stage E) project between Birdwood Road in Holland Park West and Gaza Road at Tarragindi
  • $17.2 million construction of the North Brisbane Bikeway (stage 2, 3 and 4) between Windsor and Wooloowin to link Brisbane’s CBD to the northern suburbs
  • $4 million installation of on-road bicycle lanes along Logan Road between Levington Road and Kingston Road at Underwood, as part of the Veloway 1 (V1) Cycleway

Maritime projects

  • $23.3 million upgrading of Clump Point boating infrastructure at Mission Beach
  • $13.2 million for navigation access and safety initiatives on Gold Coast’s waterways
  • $9 million dredging to deepen the Molongle Creek channel
  • $4 million construction of the Scarborough barge ramp at Scarborough Boat Harbour
  • $3.5 million construction of the Shute Harbour Road boating facility
  • $3.5 million for boating infrastructure on Gold Coast’s waterways
  • $1.4 million Corbetts Landing boat ramp upgrade and floating walkway
  • $1.5 million upgrade of the Dohles Rocks Road boat ramp.


Content is sourced from media statement by The Honourable Mark Bailey – Minister of Transport and Main Roads.