GC Highway transport study delayed as costs blow out

25 Nov 2019 1:49 PMJann Stuckey GC Highway transport study delayed as costs blow out

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey says delays by Palaszczuk Labor government to complete the 2017 multi-modal study along the Gold Coast Highway between Burleigh and Tugun on-time and on-budget is causing stress and anxiety for members of the public and business owners waiting for answers.

“This study was allocated $600,000 in the 2016-17 budget but still isn’t completed and we now learn that costs have blown out to more than double, from $600,000 to $1.4 million. Here we are just weeks out from the end of the year, and we are still waiting.” said Ms Stuckey.

“Local residents and businesses don’t know what is happening and are still anxiously waiting to hear what transport options are preferred and what land may be required.

“It’s the hallmark of this Labor government – failure to meet timelines, cost blow outs and lousy community consultation.

“When asked the reason for delays Minister Bailey stated they were due to ‘additional investigations which included traffic modelling, preferred route options for a high-capacity public transport service, land use planning investigations and engineering designs’.

“You’d have thought such basic things would have been included in the first place.

“Instead of using fancy words such as high-capacity public transport service, why can’t Minister Bailey just say more studies for the proposed Light Rail are being undertaken.

“We all know that Light Rail is a predetermined outcome for the Gold Coast Highway so why can’t the minister come out and say it?

“It’s simply not good enough to leave residents and business owners in limbo for so long.

“People are worried about their homes and businesses and their futures will remain uncertain until this report is released.”