A media statement released today confirms the Queensland Government has given the green light for construction of a bypass that will support thousands of jobs in the area and see road safety vastly improved - great news for Queenslanders and even greater news for local construction and plant hire companies alike.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the Queensland Government would work closely with the Scenic Rim Regional Council to deliver the $27.5 million Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass.
“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in demand for road freight in the area over the last few years, with heavy vehicles travelling through the township from Bromelton and south of Beaudesert, negatively impacting on local traffic.
“This vital piece of road infrastructure will significantly reduce traffic flow through the township and improve road safety by providing a more efficient alternative route that is better suited to heavy vehicles.
“The project will support Scenic Rim Regional Council’s planned revitalisation of the Beaudesert town centre, and allow businesses to make better use of their outdoor areas to attract visitors and beautify their town for locals and visitors.”
Ms Trad said the project would be jointly funded with Council, and the Queensland Government would invest up to $26 million into the project.
“The Beaudesert Bypass will provide a raft of immediate and long-term economic and employment benefits by creating jobs, attracting investment, and stimulating development in the region,” Ms Trad said.
“The bypass is critical to the ongoing development of the Bromelton State Development Area, which is a 15,000-hectare site located six kilometres west of the town that has the potential to create up to 18,000 jobs.
“Approximately 85 jobs will be created during construction, which is due to start next year and be completed in 2017.”
Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor John Brent welcomed today’s announcement.
"The bypass is not only a vital piece of infrastructure but it will help drive this region's economic growth and prosperity for decades to come by supporting employment, business opportunities and development," Cr Brent said.
"The importance of this project to not only Beaudesert and the Scenic Rim, but also to Queensland's economy as a catalyst for the Bromelton State Development Area, cannot be understated.
"I commend the Deputy Premier and State Government for their show of support for the Scenic Rim in driving ahead with this critical infrastructure project."
The first stage of the Beaudesert Town Centre Bypass will start at the Mount Lindesay Highway, near the saw mill, and run west of the town centre, joining Beaudesert-Boonah Road.
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