29 Sep 2016 1:00 PMJann Stuckey

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey has slammed the Palaszczuk Government for ignoring the needs of southern Gold Coast residents in Pacific Motorway (M1) upgrade plans.

Ms Stuckey has launched a petition and e-petition calling for the State Government to ensure that the M1 from Varsity Lakes to Tugun QLD is included in current funding discussions to upgrade this major road infrastructure and to provide a business case to obtain firm costings for this section.

“Labor’s current plan to partially upgrade the M1 from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes will only further congest the southern section of the motorway impacting Gold Coast families and businesses significantly,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It’s not good enough for the State Government to keep ignoring the people of Currumbin – Labor have been in power for 15 of the past 18 years in Queensland but delivered very little except massive debt.

“We waited 20 years for the Tugun bypass and when we finally got it in 2008 the cost had blown out from $55 million to $543 million.

“Promises from both Kevin Rudd in 2007 and the former state Labor transport minister in 2011 to fix out traffic woes have not been honoured.

“I’m hoping these petitions will finally influence the Palaszczuk Government to include our section of the M1 in funding talks and future planning.

“I am well aware of the growing frustrations and concerns of my constituents and the urgent need for widening of the M1 to Tugun, and I will not be silenced on this issue.

“Upgrades to the M1 are a necessity for our region which is why this item always features at the top of my priority lists each budget and election campaign,”

“My message to this government is stop the finger pointing and deliver on your promises” said Ms Stuckey.

To sign the e-petition go to http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2640