Wide Bay road funding gutted by Palaszczuk

Blackspots won’t be fixed and traffic congestion will deteriorate after the Palaszczuk Labor Government ripped $43 million from road infrastructure funding for Wide Bay.

Budget documents show Labor’s road budget for Wide Bay this year will be $129.8m – 25 per cent less than the LNP Government’s investment of $172.6m in 2014-15.

LNP Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Andrew Powell said Wide Bay needed more road infrastructure funding, not less.

“The neglect of this region by Annastacia Palaszczuk is staggering,” Mr Powell said.

“Labor has cut road infrastructure by $43m in Wide Bay while pouring $15bn into the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane.

“Labor have gutted the roads budget in Bundaberg.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor don’t give a damn about the regions.”

Member for Bundaberg David Batt said road concerns were one of the top issues residents raised with his office.

“Bundaberg taxpayers want their money invested in major local roadworks, but they are paying for Jackie Trad to build a rail tunnel in Brisbane instead,” Mr Batt said.

“Under the Hinkler Regional Deal, the Federal Government has put $173 million on the table toward critical infrastructure projects including $32 million for a Quay Street bypass to remove heavy vehicles from the CBD and $8 million to upgrade Bargara Road and Princess Street.

“Labor’s Budget fails to give the support needed to get these projects over the line.

“Several intersections and roads require immediate upgrades, including the FE Walker Street and Ashfield Road intersection, but the electorate is being ignored by Labor.

“Bundaberg needs funding for road infrastructure and we need it now.”
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said residents were paying more tax and rego but investment in local, dangerous roads was lacking.

“Many stretches like Rosedale Road and Isis Highway have been identified as needing urgent upgrades,” Mr Bennett said.

“The region is crying out for more funding to improve road safety.

“The LNP will continue to fight for more investment in road infrastructure because we understand how important it is to our communities.”

Monday, 8 July 2019

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