Hold-ups are necessary to get best interchange for Blacksoil

RESIDENTS near the Blacksoil Interchange may not get a "Rolls Royce second access" but the delays in the project will ensure they will at least get one that wasn't offered under the previous State Government.

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That was the word from Councillor David Pahlke in response to criticism of the current LNP State Government for delays in the project.

Construction on the Blacksoil Interchange will be delayed until next year after earlier promises of a June, September and December start.

Those delays have been criticised by Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann who has pointed out that the LNP has already been given $54 million to get on with the project.

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat, of the LNP, said the delays were due to a review of the project to satisfy the needs of local Blacksoil residents who needed a second access point back onto the Warrego Hwy.

Cr Pahlke said the delay was necessary to get the best outcome for local residents.

"Under the previous government we weren't promised a second exit," Cr Pahlke said.

"The current State Government promised to revisit it, which they have.

"The current solution maynot be perfect but the previous government offered us nothing.

"I am preparing the public for the fact that it may not be exactly perfect but at least it is something and it will be far better than what was previously offered.

"I can understand that people who live in Fernvale and travel the Brisbane Valley Hwy every day and aren't affected by the second access want to see something built, but the previous State Government forgot about the local residents.

"I will be surprised if it is a Rolls Royce solution but it is very difficult to find another $10 million when the project has already gone to tender."

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat recently told the QT that residents from Blacksoil and nearby estates would have an opening access point from the service road to get back onto the Warrego Hwy via the connector from the Brisbane Valley Hwy to the Warrego that will be two way.

"This needs to be done properly. But if this doesn't start in the new year my disappointment will be very loud and very local," he said.

The LNP has said that residents could expect a January start to the much-awaited project.

Reader poll

Are the delays of the Blacksoil Interchange project justified?

This poll ended on 19 December 2012.

Yes - 41%

No - 58%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  blacksoil interchange, david pahlke, sean choat, shayne neumann



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