Minister Secretive Over Bypass Panel Costs

26 Nov 2010 3:24 PMJann Stuckey

26 November 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP is furious at the failure of the Bligh Government to reveal all the costs involved with replacing smashed glass panels along the Tugun Bypass.

“The real costs of the removal and replacement of 70 smashed glass panels along the bypass are still unknown following further questions to the Minister for Main Roads,” Ms Stuckey said.

“In reply to my questioning, the Minister has simply shifted the expenditure involved with this project under the annual maintenance budget for the bypass.

“Again Minister Wallace refuses to come clean about how much is really being spent on these panels.

“What does this Minister have to hide? Does he have any idea or is he just spending money hand over fist?

“The Tugun Bypass was the most expensive stretch of road constructed in Australia at a cost of $543 million.

“At the moment it looks like a cyclone has hit, with shattered and missing glass panels.

“Residents in the Currumbin electorate are fed up. It is clear from a survey I conducted recently that the majority support solid materials for noise panels along a highway – who needs ‘lovely green views’ while driving at 100km per hour?

“Just like the Tugun desalination plant, Labor continues to prove it cannot manage large-scale infrastructure projects.

“Waste is the calling card of the Bligh Labor Government.

“Taxpayers deserve to know how much of their money is being spent to fix another of this Government’s poor decisions.

Link to Question on Notice 2108-2010 –
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeAssembly/tableOffice/documents/questionsAnswers/2010/2108-2010.pdf