David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

$1.5 Billion Infrastructure Stimulus to Drive Recovery in Maranoa

June 22, 2020

A new $1.5 billion Federal Government infrastructure package will provide an immediate injection into the economy and bring jobs back online to help stem the impact of COVID-19.

Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects was important for maintaining jobs and economic growth in Maranoa.

“Every single job that we support makes a huge difference in our local communities – now and as we navigate out of the pandemic,” Mr Littleproud said.

In the Maranoa electorate, an upgrade of the D’Aguilar Highway from Caboolture to Yarraman will be funded. The Federal Government’s contribution to this project is $15.2 million of the total cost of $19 million. The project will be targeting road safety improvements, including wide centrelines, audio-tactile line-marking, shoulder widening, removing roadside hazards, and safety barriers. This project will be funded under the Targeted Road Safety Package for which the Federal Government provided $500 million.

“These types of infrastructure projects will be also particularly crucial for helping us bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis has ended by ensuring we have the safe transport connections needed for all Australians to keep moving.” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Government has already announced $500 million for local governments to support projects such as road safety improvements, maintaining community infrastructure and increasing accessibility.

“Now we are announcing a substantial funding injection for national infrastructure priorities such as the D’Aguilar Highway.

“This is part of our $100 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline, which is laying the foundations of a financial bridge to recovery on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis.”