North West misses out

20/04/2019 Posted by admin

The new Queensland Infrastructure Pipeline Report has no projects listed for the north west.The Palaszczuk state government has failed the North West again with the region missing out on any projects included in the Queensland Infrastructure Pipeline Report.
Nanjing Night Net

The new report released December 2016 by statutory body Building Queenslandprovides the government with independent advice on the infrastructure proposals that “best meet” the needs of the state.

However it doesn’t seem to meet to needs of our region with no priority proposals for the north west listed in the report.

The December 2016 pipeline of priority proposals includes 20 proposals of which eight are for areas outside the south-east corner –however all eight are based on the coast.

These include the Burdekin Falls Dam, Port of Gladstone upgrades, Port of Townsville channel capacity upgrade, Townsville Eastern Access rail corridor,andSmithfield transport corridor upgrade in Cairns.

In fact the North West is not mentioned in the report at all.

The only mention of Mount Isa in the report is in relation to the Townsville Eastern Access rail corridor upgrades which says theproposal is investigating the movement of up to 1400 metre freight trains via a new rail link connecting the Mount Isa Line and North Coast Line, through the Townsville State Development Area to the Port of Townsville.

Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter said it was time for the Government to support Western Queensland and redirect its spending to the regions.

“It needs to be more than just recommending projects where the votes are in south east Queensland,” Mr Kattersaid.

Building Queensland says it prioritises the projects that will meet the needs of the state and deliver the greatest return which “requires not only robust business cases but a solid appraisal methodology that confirms a clear need.”

But with no mention of the strategically important North West Mineral Province it seems the projects are skewed towards Labor’s voting needs on the coast.

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