Townsville Port opens to shipping after $40.7 million upgrade

The Port of Townsville’s Berth 4 container and general cargo facility has officially opened upon completion of a $40.7 million upgrade.
The two-year project has resulted in a full upgrade of the inner harbour berth so larger vessels can be accommodated and efficiency improved.
The project has doubled the capacity of Berth 4, allowing an additional 2 million tonnes of product per annum, delivering a 20% increase on current total port tonnage throughput capacity.
The upgrade will lead to more jobs in North Queensland due to the economic boost it would provide the region. Member for Townsville Scott Steware said: “The upgrade itself generated 100 local jobs, and the next phase, which involces crane investment and cargo infrastructure, will generate 35 direct jobs during construction. Berth 4 operations will also support ongoing jobs once the project is complete.”
Port of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby said that the successful completion of the project by local company CivilPlus Constructions demonstrated the capacity for large projects to be carried out by local companies.

Shepparton freight road upgrade begins

Works on upgrading Old Dookie Road in Shepparton, a key freight path, will start on Monday 3 April, with the route to be widened and rebuilt between Drummond Road and Doyles Road.
Darren Chester, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, said the Australian Government is committed to providing a safer, more efficient national road network.
“The Shepparton project is part of the Australian Government’s record $50 billion infrastructure investment programme that is building our future, creating jobs and delivering a more effective national freight corridor,” Chester said.
“These works will improve traffic flow and safety by removing heavy vehicles from central Shepparton, while also catering for the anticipated future growth in the region.”
Damian Drum, Federal Member for Murray, said the start of works on the upgrade to the Alternative Route was an election commitment fulfilled.
“This project is part of the $3.89 million Shepparton Alternative Route Enhancement Package, to which the Australian Government has committed $2.25 million, with Greater Shepparton City Council funding the balance,” Drum said.
“This project is one of two under the package, along with the upgrade of the intersection of New Dookie Road and Verney Road.”
Dinny Adem, Mayor of Greater Shepparton, commented, “The project once complete will provide a much safer road for commuters and trucks to travel on, improving the freight route for trucks to access industry in the area.
“This upgrade will connect the Shepparton East industrial zone to the Shepparton Alternate Route and also fits in well with our proposed GV Bypass as it will be an important component in the East West passage of traffic.”
The Old Dookie Road project is due to be completed in late 2017, with work to then start of the New Dookie Road and Verney Road intersection upgrade.

Budget a win for NSW south coast roads

This afternoon’s NSW budget is set to be a win for Illawarra’s roads, with hundreds  of millions being earmarked for major upgrades.

The Illawarra Mercury reported that the government will allocate $200 million to upgrading the Princess Highway, with another $1 million set aside for plans to upgrade the Albion Park bypass.

The $310 million Gerringong upgrade will receive a further $115 million, with $19 has been set aside for the Foxground and Berry Bypass, and $18 million will be spent at South Nowra.

While at Mount Ousley, $4 million will be put towards developing climbing lanes.

Kiama MP Gareth Ward said it the upgrades could not come sooner for the region.

"I've attended the funerals of people who have lost their lives on the Princes Highway and it's one of the reasons I stood for Parliament, to fix this road," Ward said. "And that is what this budget is delivering."

"The Princes Highway was appallingly neglected by the previous Labor government," he said.

"The largest single investment in history on the Princes Highway is now under way at Gerringong, with more funds for Berry and the necessary studies towards the Albion Park Rail bypass."

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay said his government had spent more than $287 million on the Princes Highway since 2011.

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