David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Balonne and Carnarvon Highway Freight Routes Take Another Step Toward ROSI Future

April 29, 2020

 Maranoa MP David Littleproud has welcomed the Federal Government’s $7.84 million investment to help accelerate road works on the Carnarvon and Balonne Highways near St George.

“These roadworks are going to boost construction jobs and the reliability of our freight corridors,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Maranoa’s farmers and graziers are amongst the best in the world – they need to be able to get their cattle to the Roma Saleyards, cotton to the St George gin or other world-best products to markets south of the border or to consumers in the big cities and overseas,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Upgrades to these key freight corridors will facilitate this and help improve farmers’ profitability at the farmgate and support local communities.

“Guaranteeing efficient routes for heavy industries like mining and agriculture boosts competiveness and also gives tourists – once the pandemic finishes – more options in how they get around our neck of the woods. This upgrade is a win for the Balonne and wider South-West region.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the early works projects will be delivered on corridors identified under the Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative.


“Works to seal roads, build overtaking lanes, upgrade intersections and improve safety will start sooner under an agreement reached between the Australian and Queensland Governments on 22 jointly-funded regional projects worth $185 million,” Mr McCormack said.

“We are committed to delivering the Federal Government’s $100 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline which will support our economy and create jobs, particularly for those in the construction and building supply chain sectors, through the current COVID-19 response.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the identification of these priorities is an important step as the Coalition Government works with the Queensland Government to develop a 10-year, Roads of Strategic Importance strategy.

“This is about making these major roads and key freight routes safer and more reliable, while also supporting Council workforces and local contractors, who will benefit from these contracts too,” Mr Buchholz said.


Intersection upgrade at Carnarvon Highway/Salmon Road junction.

Intersection upgrade at Carnarvon Highway/Castlereagh Highway junction.

Heavy vehicle breakdown pad a Balonne Highway, St George.