Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says assets sales are needed, following a poll showing voters are overwhelmingly opposed to privatisation.

Queensland’s premier says asset sales are needed to fund important road projects.

Campbell Newman’s declaration comes a day after a Galaxy poll, published in Brisbane’s Courier-Mail, showed three-quarters of voters are opposed to Liberal National Party plans to privatise ports, power generators and an electricity retailer in a bid to reduce government debt.

Asked about the importance of asset sales, Mr Newman said he had “never been happy” with making that kind of decision.

“I’m duty-bound to say, that if we want great infrastructure in this state, if we want the roads and hospitals, schools, community facilities that this state deserves, then we do have to make some of these strong choices,” he told reporters on the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday.

“We’re not doing it for fun, we’re doing it because it’s the right thing to take Queensland forward.”

The premier’s comments were made as he unveiled a $440 million plan to improve major roads on the Sunshine Coast between Caloundra and Maroochydore, which will create 2500 jobs.

The works include four lanes on the Sunshine Motorway, a new connection from Nicklin Way to Brisbane Road and a new two-lane Kawana Arterial road.

The projects also fall within electorates represented by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, Energy Minister Mark McArdle and Speaker Fiona Simpson.