Sod Turning Marks Completion of Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct Stage 1a

Sod Turning Marks Completion of Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct Stage 1a

Thursday August 20 marked the completion of stage 1a of The Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct with an official on-site sod turning. Ken O’Dowd joined Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett, Capt. Chris and Capt. Kaylene Ford from The Salvation Army Gladstone, Lt. Col. David Godkin and Lt. Col. Sandra Godkin from The Salvation Army, Mr Tim Griffin OAM from the Gladstone Foundation and other guests for the sod turn.

The construction of the Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct was given a green light after Ken O’Dowd secured $20 million in major works to upgrade Gladstone’s Philip Street to four lanes between the Dawson Highway and Glenlyon Road will begin this week, unlocking close to 60 jobs for the region.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $20 million duplication of Philip Street recognised the increase in traffic.

“Upgrading Philip Street from two to four lanes is the key to potential development opportunities, improving local access and ensuring the city continues contributing to the region’s economic growth,” Mr McCormack said.

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said not only would the upgrade support crucial supply chains for local businesses once complete, it would play a crucial role in keeping work flowing through the current COVID-19 outbreak.

“Duplicating Philip Street will improve capacity, traffic flow and access on this major transport link in Gladstone. It will enhance safety, connectivity and freight efficiency,” Mr Bailey said.

“Our investment in transport and roads is supporting industry to sustain over 21,500 jobs across Queensland. We will do everything we can to make sure these jobs are maintained.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd welcomed the milestone.

“This project will increase opportunities for jobseekers and business participation in the delivery of this kind of federally-funded, job-creating infrastructure project,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“This is a major project that I have been working on for a long time now. I am glad to see this come to fruition. This project will Integrated with the Health Services Precinct.”

“This is a vital thoroughfare between Boyne – Tannum and the West of the city. Philip Street is one of the busiest stretches of road in Gladstone.”

“The link between industrial Western Gladstone and the residential centres of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands cannot be underestimated and this project will serve that traffic well.”

“These works also include traffic signals at the Philip and Reef streets intersection and provide bike riders with on-road and off-road bike lanes,”

“We’re building a solid foundation for our roads that will link to our publicly-owned port and stimulate our economy during COVID-19.”