Labor indicates $10m in funding for Kin Kora roundabout
DEPUTY Prime Minister Anthony Albanese flew into Gladstone on Thursday to commit $10 million to upgrade the Kin Kora roundabout if Labor wins the election.
It was the first of many expected house calls by senior politicians over the next few weeks.
The $25 million project involves a six-lane intersection with traffic lights that would reduce congestion at the intersection of Dawson Hwy and Philip St.
But the Federal funding is only a start, with a further $15 million investment required from the State Government before the project gets a green light.
Mr Albanese said both roads were designated B-double routes and formed the entry point to Gladstone's largest shopping complex.
"We have an intersection here where in the morning families trying to get into Gladstone from Calliope get banked back thousands of metres," he said.
"Even today we've heard the screeching of car wheels and the impatience that comes when people are waiting to get through a roundabout that clearly is inappropriate and has outlived its usefulness."
About 28,000 vehicles travel along the Dawson Highway on the southern approach daily.
Mr Albanese said new funding would also be put into upgrading the Bruce Hwy but he would not indicate how much.
"This is an area that's vital for the national economy and it's vital that resources go back into this community," he said.
Labor candidate Chris Trevor said the roundabout was one of the top infrastructure problems he wanted to see fixed in Gladstone.
Although the Liberals are yet to match the Kin Kora offer, the Coalition has already committed $6.7 billion to fix the Bruce Hwy.
Member Ken O'Dowd agreed that roads were high on his priority list.
"If we keep the roads up, industry will keep coming and that's a must," he said.
"Projects like the Kin Kora roundabout are worthy and need money."
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