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Queensland's economy has been brought to its knees by the coronavirus outbreak with some 130,000 of workers out of a job or crippled by reduced hours.
As the state is plunged into financial uncertainty and many projects are put on hold, some are bucking the trend and helping to keep the state economy's head above water.
The state government says Cross River Rail, its signature infrastructure project, is pumping a critical $2.8 million into Queensland's economy each day, as it weathers devastating impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
Cross River Rail Minister Kate Jones said with fewer people on public transport during the pandemic, demolition could be done faster and it was easier to plan track works.
"While so many industries have had to scale back or shutdown, throughout the nation, construction projects of large scale are forging ahead," she said.
"Projects like Cross River Rail enable us not only to continue to support thousands of workers but to fast track recovery in the next stage of this crisis.
"While there’s less traffic on the roads, we’re taking full advantage to get a jump on construction."
Kate Jones (centre) took over as Cross River Rail Minister last year.
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This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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