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26 April, 2022

Range pledge

A PLEDGE to spend $210 million on a program of safety and resilience upgrades to the Kuranda Range Road has been announced by Labor candidates for the Leichhardt and Kennedy electorates.


Labor’s candidate for Kennedy Jason Brandon, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Catherine King, and Leichhardt candidate Elida Faith announce the $210 million pledge.

Labor’s Elida Faith, standing for Leichhardt, and Jason Brandon, contesting the Kennedy electorate, said only an Albanese Government would deliver essential safety upgrades along the Kuranda Range Road, as well as undertaking the important planning work to guide long-term upgrades.

The upgrades would include guard rails, widened shoulders and increased protection against weather impacts and land slippages.

“Locals in Kennedy spend a lot of time on the road, but under the Morrison Government, our infrastructure is going backwards,” Mr Brandon said.

“For people heading into Cairns, this investment will be a gamechanger. This is a great announcement for our region, and only an Albanese Labor Government will deliver it.”

Ms Faith said the road was getting busier as a major access from the northern Tablelands to the coast and needed investment.

“If you are heading west from Cairns, chances are you are taking the Kuranda Range Road. Locals know that the road is getting busier, but the infrastructure isn’t keeping up,” she said.

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