IT WAS A GREAT PLEASURE TO WELCOME DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT MICHAEL MCCORMACK TO GRACEMERE AND ALSO GLADSTONE RECENTLY.
The Deputy PM and I were joined by Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matthew Canavan at the Gracemere Camp draft at Paradise Lagoons to confirm to livestock and transport operators the far-reaching benefits of the Australian Government $20 million commitment towards a $30 million project.
With these much-needed improvements underway, one area that needs further investigation is around The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator issuing of permits to operators restricting operating hours to between 7pm and 7am, seven days a week.
Details and benefits of the funding include:
- Upgrade the capacity of the major supply route between Gracemere saleyards and the Rockhampton abattoirs
- Support Road Train Access to Gracemere’s Central Queensland Livestock Exchange saleyards.
- Reduce costs in the beef supply chain through by reducing time in transport
- Stage 1 underway of the $30 million project
- Improve safety by removing the need to decouple trucks at Gracemere. Three years ago, Bryson Mayne tragically lost his life decoupling trucks at Gracemere
- Project funded under the Federal Government’s $100 million Northern Australia Beef Roads Program
- Also improve safety by widening and improving the surface of Lakes Creek Road and St Christopher’s Chapel Road as well as replacing Frenchman’s Creek Bridge.