M1 Starved of Funds for Improvements

12 May 2011 12:09 PMJann Stuckey

12 May 2011

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, said the Currumbin Electorate has once again missed out on desperately needed funds to widen the congested  M1 following this week’s Federal Budget.

“The Federal Government’s budget brings more disappointing news for southern Gold Coast residents who are no closer to securing funds for the much needed widening of the M1 from Worongary to Tugun,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The State Labor Government stole $455 million of committed Federal funding that was earmarked for Nerang to Tugun, and whisked the money up north to spend in Labor-held seats around Logan.

“All we have seen out of that funding is three or four kilometres of new works between Nerang and Worongary, with no plans on the horizon to extend further south.

“Frustrated daily commuters from the southern Gold Coast are all too familiar with the traffic woes caused by the bottleneck that is the M1.

“The corridor from Palm Beach to Nerang regularly grinds to a halt, and congestion is being pushed further south into a tight pocket that frequently resembles a parking lot.

“We know there are about 42,000 vehicles travelling on the long-awaited Tugun Bypass each day, adding to the congestion choking this bottleneck.

“A conservative state government built the M1 and a Coalition Federal Government contributed funds for construction of the Tugun bypass.

“Labor Governments at state and federal levels stole funding from the 2007 election that was to be used in Currumbin.

“This is an unacceptable situation facing one of Australia’s fastest growing cities and exposes Labor as incapable of delivering major infrastructure needs for the Gold Coast.