qld roads in limbo

Bruce Highway Trust in Labor limbo

by Ted Sorensen
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Labor’s promised Bruce Highway Trust is yet to hold its first meeting, despite being established more than two years ago.

LNP Shadow Minister for Transport Steve Minnikin said prior to the last state election Annastacia Palaszczuk committed to establish a trust based on the 80:20 Federal and State funding arrangements, to identify investment priorities for the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Cairns.

“The commitment was made in November 2017 but the trust hasn’t even held one meeting,” Mr Minnikin said in Rockhampton today.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is stuck in the slow lane again.

“The Bruce Highway Trust is another Labor infrastructure failure.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong.

“The Bruce Highway is in urgent need of repairs.

“Labor doesn’t have a plan to improve major roads that will create jobs or bust congestion.

“The renewal backlog as at 30th June 2018 was $5.312 billion.

“That figure was revealed during Estimates this year and the Queensland Audit Office expects it to rise to more than $9 billion of the next eight years.

“This backlog includes fixing potholes, widening roads and improving safety.

“Anyone who has driven on the Bruce Highway recently knows it needs major upgrades and only the LNP will deliver.

“Only the LNP has a job creating infrastructure plan to improve our roads and that includes upgrades to the Bruce Highway, building a second M1 and fixing local traffic bottle necks.”

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