Toowoomba bypass contract to be signed tomorrow
BREAKING: The State Government has confirmed it will sign a contract with preferred tenderer Nexus on the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing tomorrow morning.
Queensland's Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane will be there for the historic occasion.
The signing will take place in Rotary Park on Burnage St at 10.30am tomorrow.
Mayor Paul Antonio said it was an exciting time for the Toowoomba community.
"There are an awful lot of people that will be impacted by the connectivity provided by the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing," he said.
"It's something that successive mayors, councillors and members of parliament have been fighting for many years.
"This is a very significant step in that journey.
"It's a red letter day for a very broad region of Queensland."
He said there was an air of expectation about what it would mean for the broader community.
"The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will be important for exports, tourism and many other aspects of life in this community and beyond."
Toowoomba Regional Council has already signed interface agreements with Nexus and the State Government.
The agreements are collaborative working arrangements.
Council plans to enter into memorandums of understanding with the State Government and Nexus.
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Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Wielandt said it was good news for the business community.
"It is great to see we are moving along the freeway of opportunity for our region with the signing of the contracts," he said.
"We look forward to continuing our discussions with Nexus and other advocacy groups to make sure that local suppliers and workers are given the maximum opportunity to contribute to this critically needed infrastructure.
"Having recently toured QIC's $500m redevelopment site for Grand Central, this, along with the Second Range Crossing project simply reinforces to me that Toowoomba's growing economy continues to be resilient against a weaker state and national economy."