Tugun Bypass Neglected by State Government

18 Jun 2010 2:12 PMJann Stuckey

18 June 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has accused the State Government of neglect and secrecy in relation to broken glass panels along the Tugun Bypass.

“In an answer to a question I asked in Parliament in June 2009 seeking details on the cost of replacement of the broken panels, the Minister failed to offer any costings and only informed me that they were to be replaced in late 2009/early 2010,” Ms Stuckey said. 

“Stretching a mere 7.5km and costing a total $543 million, the Tugun Bypass is effectively Australia’s most expensive road.

“However, motorists using the Tugun Bypass cannot miss the decrepit state of the noise panels that line the road.

“I have been informed that the original glass panels cost as much as $11,000 each. With reports there are more than 60 smashed, damaged or removed, we are looking at a damage bill of $660,000.

“This would contradict the Minister’s estimation of $46,000 and highlights Labor’s lousy record of economic mismanagement.

“It is typical of this Labor Government to waste money by choosing glass panels that were smashed within the first year of the Bypass opening. 

“Only now are tenders being sought for the supply and installation of polycarbonate and acrylic panels. 

“Just like the Tugun desalination plant, lengthy delays and wasted taxpayers’ money mark another Bligh Government failure.

“Two years of neglect is simply not good enough. This Labor Government have been caught dragging their feet again.

“Currumbin residents deserve to know how much these replacements will cost and when they will installed. What else does the Minister have to hide?
  
Ends

Background:
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeAssembly/tableOffice/documents/questionsAnswers/2009/598-2009.pdf

Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919