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$6.25m widens horizons on Barwon Highway

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More than $6 million will be invested to widen the Barwon Highway between Talwood and Nindigully as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s multi-million COVID-19 roads package announced this week.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the project would keep communities, trucks and primary producers in the Goondiwindi region moving and create 10 jobs as the state begins its COVID-19 recovery.

“Throughout this pandemic, we’ve been speaking to councils and industry to look at ways we can energise local economies and create jobs,” Mr Bailey said.

“Investing in roads like the Barwon Highway means creating jobs, which is why we’ve announced an $880 million Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan, which also includes an additional $200 million for our signature Works for Queensland program.

“It builds on projects across the region like the $1.4 million Wyaga Creek Floodway project to upgrade bridges and culverts, improving safety and connectivity.”

Goondiwindi Mayor the Honourable Lawrence Springborg welcomed the funding announcement and said that roads were one of the biggest issues in the region and this project is a local priority and will return the investment through jobs, improved efficiency for farmers, transport operators and local residents and importantly enhance safety.

“I thank the Queensland government for their investment in our regional road network.  These works will make a significant difference to our producers, as well as creating jobs in our regional communities,” Mayor Springborg said.

Published: 22nd May 2020