Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

What's in Budget for Groom; Infrastructure Investment Continues

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

What's in Budget for Groom; Infrastructure Investment Continues

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Roads to Recovery

The Roads to Recovery Program has committed to the construction, repair and upgrade of local roads. In Groom projects to be completed in upcoming months include:

$987,000 to install traffic lights at the intersection of Hogg and Tor Sts;

$600,000 to widen Jondaryan-Mt Tyson Rd;

$525,000 to improve the Kingsthorpe Haden and Yalangur Kelvinhaugh Rds intersection;

$920,000 to widen the Linthorpe Rd at Pittsworth;

$1.9 million to seal Pierces Creek Rd at Emu Creek;

$875,000 to construct Pierces Rd (stage two) at Emu Creek;

$765,000 to realign the intersection of West St and Drayton Rd;

$1.89 million construct and seal a section of Wyreema Cambooya Rd

FEDERAL Member for Groom John McVeigh has welcomed the Federal Government's infrastructure investment in the electorate in this week's budget.

Roads funding for the Groom electorate is more than $366 million, while in one of the biggest investments seen in regional Australia the Federal Government is allocating $8.4 billion for Inland Rail to build a dedicated "fast-track" for freight trains to get products from farms and factories to shipping ports in Melbourne and Brisbane by 2024.

"The Australian Government's commitment of $75 billion over the next 10 years is the largest infrastructure budget in our history with funding for critical airport, road, and rail infrastructure projects across the nation," Mr McVeigh said.

"This investment will continue to unlock opportunity in regions such as the Darling Downs by allowing faster, safer and more efficient movement of people and freight. It also creates jobs which are essential for our continued growth as a region," he said.

"I am particularly excited about the $8.4 billion for inland rail with construction scheduled to commence in 2017-18. …

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