A commitment to fund the M1 works between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes has finally been reached, and planning upgrades from Varsity Lakes to Tugun are now closer to reality after strong lobbying from Currumbin residents.
Today’s announcement comes less than five months after more than 10,000 frustrated motorists signed a petition started by Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey and local resident Luke Dean.
“This announcement is a huge victory for the people of the southern Gold Coast, and I would like to congratulate everyone who signed the petition for helping to make this happen,” Ms Stuckey said.
“Our petition called on the state government to commit to a business case for upgrades planning from Varsity Lakes to Tugun, and this is exactly what we have achieved.
“The Pacific Motorway suffers from some of the worst congestion in Queensland but Labor was happy to leave Currumbin locals sitting in traffic day in, day out.
“Our stretch of the M1 has been neglected for far too long, but after months of pressure put on the Labor Palaszczuk Government by local residents, people power has won.
“Today’s funding commitment to upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes and progress the planning and business case development to the border means at last we are on the radar.
“When these works are eventually completed, alongside the other upgrades included in the roads package, motorists will have a clearer run all the way from Brisbane to the border.
“This fantastic outcome shows that even from opposition, the LNP are committed to, and more than capable of effecting positive change for Queenslanders.”