Bypass Panels to be Replaced

24 Sep 2010 12:29 PMJann Stuckey

24 September 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has been informed that about 70 shattered glass noise panels along the Tugun Bypass will be replaced in coming months.

“The Minister for Main Roads has stated that a contract for $605,773 has been awarded to replace approximately 70 broken glass noise panels on the Bypass,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Further, the Minister also advised that additional panels will be ordered and ‘kept on hand’, alluding to the fact that more destruction of existing glass panels is likely in the future.

“With no security lighting to deter vandals who undoubtedly act at night, it is no surprise the scale of destruction has been so great.

“Why bother having security cameras installed if there is no lighting in the area to support their vision after dark?

“According to the Minister’s reply, transparent acrylic noise panels are to be manufactured and installed in the last quarter of 2010.

“However, if the Minister’s previous timeframe of late 2009/early 2010 is anything to go by, we may be waiting longer for the vandalised panels to be restored. 

“Unfortunately, waiting is something Tugun residents have become accustomed to under Labor.

“It took over 20 years for the state Labor Government to deliver on the much needed Bypass. Now it has been well over a year for any action on broken glass panels.

“This is just another cost to add to the $543 million bill that taxpayers had to fork out for the 7.5 kilometre stretch of road.

“Again the good people of Queensland are picking up the tab for the mess that Labor has made of major infrastructure projects.

“Let’s hope this incompetent Labor Government can get its act together and end its neglect of long-suffering Tugun residents.

Background: Link to Question on Notice:
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeAssembly/tableOffice/documents/questionsAnswers/2010/1408-2010.pdf