850 jobs to flow from major road works at Caloundra South

October 16, 2020

Just three weeks after a deal to accelerate road construction and jobs on the Sunshine Coast, shovels have hit the ground on a new southern Bruce Highway connection to support growing communities at Caloundra South.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Labor’s $35 million commitment to accelerate the Bells Creek Arterial Road would cut travel times on the Bruce Highway and Caloundra Road and create hundreds of new jobs.

“Labor’s investment has brought forward this project by many years,” the Premier said.

“We’ve backed the Bells Creek Arterial to bring forward jobs now to support our economic recovery.

“Getting this work started now will unlock $300 million of investment in the Caloundra South development, supporting more than 850 direct and indirect jobs.”

Labor candidate for Caloundra Jason Hunt said the partnership with Stockland will provide a critical new southern connection into Caloundra from the Bruce Highway at Roys Road and reduce traffic on the Bruce Highway near Caloundra Road.

“Working with Stockland to complete this new link is expected to reduce travel time for 50,000 motorists who use Caloundra Road every day and cut the trip between Kawana and Beerburrum by around 13 minutes,” Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said the Bells Creek Arterial connection wasn’t the only congestion-busting project being championed by Labor in Caloundra.

“We’ve locked in $7 million to build the Third Avenue to Nicklin Way link at Caloundra to take traffic away from the Caloundra Road roundabout and secured $4.2 million in funding from the Sunshine Coast Council,” he said.

“Labor has also backed the $3.75 million upgrade at the Ridgewood Road and Caloundra Road intersection with works underway.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said Labor had a plan for economic recovery to create jobs across Queensland. 

“There’s $2.8 billion locked in across four Bruce Highway upgrades between Brisbane and Gympie - more than what has been locked in to upgrade the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” Mr Bailey said.

“Major work also starts next year on the $550 million Sunshine Coast Rail Duplication too.

“These projects will support 3000 Sunshine Coast jobs at a time when they’re needed most.

“The LNP has over $25 billion in unfunded election promises and has committed to delivering a surplus without borrowing any more money.
“The only way they can do that is by cutting, sacking and selling.

“When Deb Frecklington was Campbell Newman’s Assistant Minister, she cut $1.6 billion in road and transport projects, including more than $122 million ripped out of Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay roads.”