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Warren Truss plans beef road consultations.
Warren Truss plans beef road consultations.

With a pledge from new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to continue with rural roads investment, federal infrastructure minister Warren Truss will head to Rockhampton for livestock route consultations.

The October 2 move is the first of three round tables to identify priorities in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia under the Northern Australia Beef Roads initiative.

The announcement comes as NT pastoralists raise road safety issues on the Buntine Highway.

Truss says the October 2 roundtable will give industry representatives the chance to shape investment priorities for roads which are crucial to northern cattle supply chains.

“The Australian government is committed to building better infrastructure and driving down operating costs for northern Australia’s cattle operations,” Truss adds.

“We have committed $100 million through the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program to improve roads which are critical to transporting cattle across the north.

“This is the first of three roundtables to be held in northern Australia where industry representatives can have their say about where available funding can be best spent.

Rural infrastructure are a National’s priority and a focus of that party’s agreement with Turnbull, which Truss says includes support “for the government’s infrastructure investment program, including, of course, our major commitment to Inland Rail”, along with the “commitment to the Northern Australia and the Agricultural White Papers”, which include roads spending.

“Northern roads will also benefit from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, which will provide concessional loans for major infrastructure in the north.”

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