Progress on Accelerated Works Program

Twenty-one job-creating infrastructure projects in northern Queensland, worth $144.6 million, have been accelerated as part of the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ contribution to the Queensland Government’s $443 million Accelerated Works Program (AWP).

The program supports local economies to sustain and maintain employment opportunities in regional areas that are experiencing subdued economic conditions.

The bulk of these jobs are in the Townsville, Mackay and Cairns regions. In the greater Townsville region, 14 infrastructure projects valued at $86.4 million have been brought forward. This will have a flow-on benefit of 269 jobs, including 87 in Mackay and seven in Cairns. These jobs provide significant opportunities that would have otherwise not been available.

In addition to the economic and employment support provided to regional towns, the AWP is also delivering much needed safety improvements to the road network. This includes road upgrades, overtaking lanes, intersection upgrades, road widening and strengthening, wide centre-line treatments and construction of a heavy vehicle decoupling facility.