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Mackay Mayor's budget wishlist


Mackay council is hoping for funding to upgrade regional roads and highways when tomorrow's Federal Budget is handed down.

The Morrison Government has already revealed $400million for Bruce Highway upgrades.

But Mayor Greg Williamson wants money for safety improvements at other local highways.

"I'd be also hopeful for some infrastructure spend on other highways in our area, around Peak Downs for instance, where a lot of people who live in the Mackay area travel out to the mines every day," Mr Williamson says.

Mr Williamson is hoping money will be spent on helping the tourism industry to recover following the COVID-19 downturn.

"What should come out of the budget is a focus on the tourism industry ... and helping us as a tourism industry to actually capitalise on that with some infrastructure spend on particularly roads and traffic," he says.

About $400 million will be spent on the Inland Freight Route from Mungingindi to Charters Towers.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says the projects will create thousands of jobs.

“These initiatives will enhance transport connectivity, underpin economic growth and help Queenslanders get home sooner and safer,” Ms Landry says.