Residents of Wamuran, D’Aguilar, Delaney’s Creek, Mount Mee, Woodford and areas further west live daily with the challenges of the D’Aguilar Highway. Those challenges are nearly at an end. This morning I was with my good friend and Federal Member for Longman, Wyatt Roy, to announce a program of upgrades to this notorious highway.
At the outset please let me thank profusely the federal government, especially Wyatt and the Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, for their investment of $16 million in these projects. Without that funding, this simply would not be possible. Through the value add of our state Department of Transport and Main Roads, through innovative alignment of project and maintenance funding, our communities will gain so much more than they would have under Labor governments. That is what comes from better planning: better infrastructure.
Wyatt and I have announced upgrades to the intersections with J Lindsay Road and Gamgee Road, partly funded by the state and partly funded by the federal government; upgrades to the intersections with R Williams Road and Gamgee Road, again, partly funded by both governments; and, thanks to Wyatt and the federal government, upgrades to the D’Aguilar Highway between the Gamgee Road intersections that will see a widening and rehabilitation of the road surface and, if detailed design work goes according to plan, most importantly, the addition of an overtaking lane heading east to Wamuran.
On top of this, we also announced an intersection upgrade at Canando Street, Woodford and a visibility and safety improvement project along the length of the highway to Kilcoy.
Detailed design work will commence immediately, tenders let around November and works to start soon after. To the fantastic families (such as Bruce and Helen Gynther and Howard and Jenny Walters) who live and work alongside the D’Aguilar Highway I say thank you for your patience and for your support; the wait is nearly over.