Southern Gold Coast Ignored in M1 Funding Talks

21 Jul 2016 11:46 AMJann Stuckey

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey has accused the State Government of excluding the southern Gold Coast by refusing to include them in M1 funding talks.

The State Government recently announced they would commit 20% of the funding needed to upgrade the M1 from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes, but failed to even mention the need for upgrades further south to Tugun.

With more than 145,000 vehicles using the M1 every day, congestion is already a major problem for the southern Gold Coast and its only worsening.

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey says residents deserve nothing less than a Government who is willing to front up the business case for upgrades all the way to the NSW border.

“It is disgraceful that we on the southern Gold Coast are not being included in this conversation, in fact we are not on the radar!

“If we look back at the Tugun bypass as an example, the State Government ended up funding almost 80% of the project even though most of the work was in NSW. They couldn’t even negotiate with another Labor Government to get them to pay a single cent.

“If Labor can put forward $423 million worth of funding for a project that is only partly in our state, then they can put their money where their mouth is and put forward a business case that includes M1 upgrades all the way to Tugun,” says Ms Stuckey.

Last week the Palaszczuk Government joined Mayor Tom Tate in calling for 80% of the funding from the Federal Government, but only for the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes section, sparking outrage amongst the Currumbin Electorate.

Jann Stuckey says “If the Palaszczuk Government and the Gold Coast Council truly wanted what was best for the entire Gold Coast community they must consider the southern section of the M1 from Mudgeeraba to Tugun.

“All that the proposed new works to Varsity will do is move the congestion further south, it won’t stop the lengthy delays caused by car accidents and peak hour traffic.

“$20 million seems a waste for planning when a lot of pre-planning was done prior to 2010 and it leaves out the southern Gold Coast.

“The State Government should bite the bullet and commit to a business case for the remainder of the M1,“ said Ms Stuckey.

[Ends] 18 July 2016