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Second range crossing should be named the Western Downs Connection Road

3 November 2016

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh is leading the call to recognise the significant and positive impacts that Toowoomba’s second range crossing will have on our region by naming the new by-pass ‘The Western Downs Connection Road’.

  • Construction of the second range crossing that will by-pass Toowoomba will deliver considerable economic and social benefits to the Western Downs;
  • Once completed the road will mean that our businesses are closer to the markets and ports of Brisbane, and make the Western Downs a genuine day trip proposition for 2.5 million South East Queenslanders;
  • Dalby will become the first regional centre that travellers heading west from Brisbane or the Gold Coast will arrive at, which will deliver new opportunities to grow our retail and service industry sectors;
  • Mayor McVeigh has personally written to Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey proposing that the second range crossing be named ‘The Western Downs Connection Road’ in recognition of the project’s significance
    to our region.

    An artist's impression of how signage on the Warrego Highway may look if Mayor McVeigh's proposal to name the second range crossing the Western Downs Connection Road goes forward.

    An artist’s impression of how signage on the Warrego Highway may look if Mayor McVeigh’s proposal to name the second range crossing the Western Downs Connection Road goes forward.

Mayor McVeigh said that he genuinely believed that the name ‘The Western Downs Connection Road’ more accurately reflected where the economic and social benefits of this new infrastructure will be felt most.

“I’ve written to the Minister outlining why I believe the second range crossing is a game changing piece of infrastructure for our regional economy and proposing it be named ‘The Western Downs Connection Road’,” he said.

“I’m excited by the many and varied economic and social advantages this project will bring and I believe that the Western Downs is set to benefit the most, even more so than Toowoomba.

“As well as closing the gap between business and industry in the Western Downs and the markets and ports of Brisbane, the road will boost tourism turning our region into a viable day trip destination for visitors from South East Queensland.

“The second range crossing is going to be fantastic, but just imagine if it was called ‘The Western Downs Connection Road’. Now that really would put our region on the map.”

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Media Contact:
Cr Paul McVeigh Mayor | Western Downs Regional Council | 0409 700 392