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Record Road Jobs Up For Grabs In CQ


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More than 1,000 jobs in roadbuilding, engineering and design are up for grabs in Central Queensland.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey met with more than 500 industry representatives and local businesses to brief them on upcoming projects in the Palaszczuk Government's $14.5 billion regional roads program on Wednesday.  

Member for Rockhampton Barry O'Rourke said more than $1.09 billion would be spent in Central Queensland.

"Roads and transport infrastructure not only connect our communities but also create jobs and support industry," Mr O'Rourke said.

"I want to see as many Central Queensland workers as possible grab the jobs on offer as we build projects like the Rockhampton Northern Access Upgrade and the Rockhampton Ring Road."

Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the roads and transport spend was the Palaszczuk Government's fourth record roads and transport program.

"There's a job bonanza and we want to make sure Central Queensland businesses and Central Queenslanders get in first," Mrs Lauga said.

"Since 2015, the Palaszczuk Government has created a steady pipeline of projects to not only support our state's increased demand for roads and transport, but also to deliver jobs."

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said across the state projects are being built like the $121 million Rockhampton Northern Access upgrade, $514.3 million Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade in Townsville, $497 Mackay Ring Road - Stage 1, and $127 million Cairns Shipping Development.

"Head to Central Queensland, Cairns, Townsville and other regional hubs, and you'll find people turning up on job sites, building our future roads and transport," Mr Bailey said.

Mr Bailey said over the coming month, briefings would be held throughout the state's regional centres, encouraging local businesses to tender for projects.