Ted Sorensen

Labor delivers no new infrastructure for Wide Bay

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Labor Government's much-touted infrastructure 'plan' delivers nothing for the Wide Bay region but rehashed, recycled and reused projects with no way to fund them.
Shadow Infrastructure Minister Tim Nicholls said the plan should have ended Labor's year-long infrastructure freeze but instead Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered a flashy document with little real substance.
"Unfortunately Wide Bay has been let down by the Palaszczuk Labor Government's lacklustre infrastructure plan," Mr Nicholls said.
"We know the regions are crying out for infrastructure investment but nothing is forthcoming from this frozen at the wheel Labor Government.
"The only projects identified for the region are upgrades to the Bruce Highway that were already under way and happening – again it shows a complete lack of vision.
"These projects also come with significant funding commitments from the Federal Coalition Government, which just shows the hypocrisy of the Premier blaming Canberra for her infrastructure freeze."
"Wide Bay needs new infrastructure projects even more when you consider the region has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 9.9 per cent.
"Premier Palaszczuk still has no way to fund the projects Wide Bay needs and instead goes cap in hand to beg for money from the Federal Government at every opportunity.
"I think Queenslanders would expect more from their government than a Premier whose only infrastructure response is 'someone else must pay for it.'"
Mr Nicholls said the LNP had a record of delivering projects to unleash the Wide Bay region's potential.
"While in government we were able to fund upgrades up and down the Bruce Highway and the Bundaberg Gas Pipeline" he said.
"We knew the importance of investing in infrastructure and in our regions."

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