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The Liberal National Party has today announced plans for a new infrastructure program designed to improve roads in the state’s income-producing regional areas.
Queensland Resources Council acting chief executive Greg Lane said the LNP’s Roads to Resources program would build on the ongoing regional developments made by resource companies.
He said the program, which works with resource companies, the community, and local and state governments, was the best way to make improvements in road networks.
“What we would most like to see from such a program is a coordinated leveraging off the investments that our members are making in local road networks,” he said.
The LNP said developing better roads would drive the economic development of Queensland, but the Bligh Government’s poor financial management had left no funds to make the changes.
But Minister for main roads Craig Wallace said the LNP’s announcement was “yet another plan for a plan.”
“The LNP have failed to put project names, dates, and costs on the table,” he said.
“It is again more proof the LNP don’t have a plan, and they never have.”
Mr Lane said the overall responsibility for developing and maintaining roads and infrastructure was the Government’s responsibility, but the resources sector would look forward to being a large contributor.
He said the recent Queensland floods highlighted the importance of developing a strong infrastructure network.
“This year’s floods showed us just how much the state’s income producing regions depend on robust road and rail networks.”