Stuckey Calls for Guarantee on M1 Funding

6 Mar 2019 3:17 PMJann Stuckey

Speaking in Parliament today to a Queensland Audit Office transport planning report, Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey called on the Transport Minister to guarantee funding and timelines for M1 upgrades.

“The Queensland Audit Office, Integrated transport planning report 4 : 2017-8, painted a bleak picture for the funding and delivery of infrastructure and maintenance programs on Queensland controlled roads, ‘ said Ms Stuckey.

 

“Public transport is a big deal in SEQ with growing populations. Good planning and funding is essential.

 

“The Department of Transport and Main Roads forecast is a bleak one for passengers and travellers with news that the renewal backlog on the state-controlled road network will exceed $9 billion over the next decade.

 

“ According to the report ‘Without alternative strategies to address the funding issues, DTMR faces a risk that it will not be able to maintain or improve service standards on the transport network to meet future needs.

 

“This isn’t good enough and really says it all. The Palaszczuk Labor government sets low bars, low standards and is comfortable with underperformances and timelines not met.

 

“I have maps and reports in my office dating back 15 years that have never been completed.

 

“I call on the Minster for Transport to give an iron-clad guarantee that funding for the upgrade to the most southern section of the M1 – that is from Varsity Lakes to Tugun - will be available and the timeline of a 2020 start time for construction remain,” said Ms. Stuckey.

 

“In typical fashion the Minister, who was in the Parliament at the time I spoke, ignored my call for a funding guarantee.

 

“This report exposes significant shortcomings that could see existing levels of congestion worsen, if that is possible. We, on the Gold Coast and elsewhere in SEQ, sit in car parks everyday due to Labor’s inaction over 20 years.”

 

 

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