Gold Coast Short Changed Over M1 Funding

18 Jan 2010 4:39 PMJann Stuckey

18 January 2010

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey has accused the State Government of short changing the Gold Coast with news that only 4km of the M1 between Nerang and Worongary will be upgraded.

“The initial agreement was for the Federal Government to provide funding of $455 million to be matched dollar for dollar by the State Government for the crucial upgrade works from Nerang to Tugun,” said Ms Stuckey.

“In effect, the State Government are playing hide and seek with their half of the funds and are only spending the Federal commitment.

The promised Nerang to Tugun project was to include upgrading interchanges and widening the M1 at a cost of almost $1 billion.

“In effect, the State Government has stolen the money committed to the Gold Coast for these upgrades. They have whisked it away to be spent further north in Labor held Federal Electorates.

“We waited nearly twenty years for the Tugun Bypass, and now the Bligh Government is snubbing the southern Gold Coast again.

“Failure by this same Government to upgrade critical arterial roads has increased traffic congestion.

“The recent expansion of the Gold Coast Airport is proof our city is in vital need of road and infrastructure upgrades to adequately move the 4.6 million visitors passing through the airport each year.

“The Gold Coast is the sixth largest city in Australia. It beggars belief that a city facing such a huge population boost could be put on the backburner by this Bligh Labor Government.

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