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Record Road Jobs Up For Grabs In Far North

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More than 1,300 jobs in roadbuilding, engineering and design are up for grabs in the Far North.

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 Cairns Michael Healy said more than $1.45 billion would be spent in the Cairns region.

“Roads and transport not only connect our communities but also create jobs and support industry,” Mr Healy said.

“I want to see as many locals as possible take up the jobs on offer as we build Queensland infrastructure projects including the Cairns Shipping Development and the Smithfield Bypass Project.”

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford 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 Far North Queensland businesses and local workers get in first,” Mr Crawford said.

“Since 2015, we’ve created a steady pipeline of projects to not only support our state’s increased demand for roads and transport, but also jobs.”

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

“Head to Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton 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.