LNP Puts Spotlight on Gold Coast Transport Needs

8 Jun 2011 12:48 PMJann Stuckey

8 June 2011

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP today invited Shadow Minister for Transport, Scott Emerson MP and key stakeholders to discuss the pressing transport needs facing the southern Gold Coast.

“Countless promises from State and Federal Labor Government’s to deliver major infrastructure have been broken, leaving the southern Gold Coast congested and void of transport options,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Anyone who travels along the M1 daily will know it is a bottleneck and nothing is being done to relieve frequent traffic jams.

“Labor’s grand plans for the widening of the M1 from Nerang to Tugun, first announced in 2004, have been pushed further back, while pledged Federal funding gets stolen for improvements to northern Labor held seats.

“I invited the shadow minister to come and see first hand what Currumbin residents are having to put up with on a daily basis, an abysmal neglect of basic infrastructure by successive Labor governments.

“At this rate, with only one rail station built in 11 years, residents in Coolangatta will be waiting 40 years for heavy rail to reach the Gold Coast airport.

“Furthermore, there are no plans for the extension of the light rail system south of Burleigh.

“Over five million people pass through the Gold Coast airport each year, with only buses, cars and taxis to transport them, adding to the congestion on the M1. 

“Our tourism industry is suffering and this incompetent Bligh Government just sits back and watches them struggle to survive.

“A Campbell Newman Can Do Government will work for Queensland, not for ourselves.