The Queensland Government‘s $495 million Royalties for the Regions program is funding a new pedestrian bridge and footpath across the Flinders Highway, providing safe pedestrian access between east and west Hughenden.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the government had committed more than 60 per cent of funds to build a pedestrian bridge crossing Swanson Creek and an 815-metre cycling and walking path away from the busy Flinders Highway.

Mr Seeney explains that the pedestrian bridge at Hughenden will improve the lifestyle and safety of residents, while also fulfilling their election promise to deliver better infrastructure and planning. The project is being delivered in partnership with Flinders Shire Council. Royalties for the Regions program will contribute $300,000 to the pedestrian bridge and the Council will contribute the remaining $180,000.

Flinders Shire Council Mayor Greg Jones said the road was the main route between Hughenden and Mt Isa, used by heavy vehicles, particularly mining vehicles, which made up about 40 per cent of traffic. The pedestrian bridge will address safety concerns for pedestrians, including elderly residents using mobility scooters, fitness walkers and cyclists sharing the road with these heavy transport vehicles.

Additionally, members of the community, including residents, visitors and staff at the hospital and Hughenden Centre for the Aged, as well as council workers, will benefit from having access to options for better physical activity, health and wellbeing.

Mr Seeney said the State Government will finalise other successful Royalties for the Regions Round 3 applications in the coming weeks with more than 23 council projects expected to share in this round’s allocations.

To date more than 39 councils across Queensland have received over $250 million funding through the program, delivering more than 235 kilometres of road upgrades, community infrastructure and flood mitigation projects.