State government would ‘fully endorse’ outback road request
THE Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has expressed its support for a nomination for Warri Gate Road to be sealed.
The road, which links the Silver City Highway at the New South Wales border with the town of Noccundra, provides an outback link to major centres like Brisbane, Adelaide and North Queensland.
“Transport and Main Roads supports the Bulloo Shire Council’s desire to seal Warri Gate Road and has provided support in writing on several occasions,” a spokesman said.
“We encourage Bulloo Shire Council to put forward the sealing of this road as a project for consideration during the annual development of the future South West TIDS program.”
The spokesman said Council has not yet submitted a nomination for Warri Gate Road to be considered for the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme.
State member for Warrego and shadow minister for local government Ann Leahy said she has written to the State Government on “more than six occasions” requesting funds for Warri Gate Road.
“Warri Gate is undoubtably one of the worst roads in the state,” she said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has shamefully allowed a $5.4 billion road maintenance backlog to grow over the last five years, which has left regional roads in a dire state.
“The backlog in the Southwest Region is $894 million and it’s impacting on the safety of motorists.”
Ms Leahy said the Labor Government has been “stripping funds” away from inland regions in Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP).
“This region of Queensland does much of the heavy lifting for the State Government through taxes and royalties and it deserve its fair share of road funding in return.”
“Under an LNP Government, every cent from Galilee Basin royalties will go towards a new Queensland Infrastructure Fund to build a better Queensland.”
The fund would be exclusively used to pay for schools, hospitals, roads and bridges across Queensland.
“I will continue to fight for upgrades to Warri Gate Road,” Ms Leahy said.