10,000 push for widening M1 in Currumbin

30 Nov 2016 1:59 PMJann Stuckey 10,000 push for widening M1 in Currumbin

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey today tabled a petition of more than 10,000 signatures calling upon the Palaszczuk Government to provide a business case and costings for widening the M1 from Varsity Lakes to Tugun.

Ms Stuckey has been advocating for widening the M1 for the past decade and is hopeful that the overwhelming support for the petition to upgrade the M1 to Tugun will force the Government to listen to the people of the Currumbin Electorate.

“The Palaszczuk Government has ignored us for too long and now the people of Currumbin have spoken loudly with 10,353 people in favour of widening the M1.

“For the State Government to ignore the residents of Currumbin and not even develop a business case is not only irresponsible it exposes gross incompetence.”

“Hundreds of locals I spoke to have told me of their daily battle with traffic on the M1. Parents are late for child care pick-ups, dog day care owner’s say people are late to collect their pets, small businesses report having to stay open as tradies are late to collect repaired tools and people are late for appointments with some missing flights.”

“While 10,353 is a strong result, there would have been thousands more signatures if the people of Northern NSW could sign as this woeful bottleneck affects so many in our community on a daily basis.”

“Anger and frustration was the overwhelming response when people signed the petition with numerous comments that the congestion had worsened significantly in the past couple of years.”

‘This anger and frustration literally boiled over when residents were made aware that current roadworks at Palm Beach costing $1.9million was being spent on guard rails and not road widening.”

“They could not fathom why this work was being undertaken without road widening, especially as it will have to be ripped up whenever the upgrade is done.”

“Labor have been in government in Queensland for 16 of the past 19 years and have constantly denied the Gold Coast of vital infrastructure.”

“Currumbin and Southern Gold Coast residents have spoken and will not be silenced until the Government stops playing politics and puts forward a business case for this section.”