Topics:  campaign launch, campbell newman, election, lnp, queensland election 2012, state government, toowoomba

Newman promises $45m overhaul

LNP leader Campbell Newman (centre) in Toowoomba with LNP candidates for Toowoomba South John McVeigh (left) and Toowoomba North Trevor Watts to announce funding for the City Centre Master Plan.
LNP leader Campbell Newman (centre) in Toowoomba with LNP candidates for Toowoomba South John McVeigh (left) and Toowoomba North Trevor Watts to announce funding for the City Centre Master Plan. Bev Lacey

TOOWOOMBA'S city centre will be overhauled and issues with flooding addressed if the LNP proves successful at this month's State election.

LNP leader Campbell Newman was in Toowoomba yesterday to promise $45 million to Toowoomba Regional Council's City Centre Master Plan.

The funding will allow council to build a ring road connecting Chalk Dr and Russell St.

That will include a bridge at the point where West and East Creeks meet, near the Allied Mills Australia site.

A further $5 million will be allocated to the replacement of the railway bridge near Dent and Herries Sts.

LNP candidate for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts said the ring road would make the CBD more accessible and more attractive in which to do business.

Mr Watts added that flood mitigation works associated with the commitment would ease many of the concerns of CBD business owners.

"We can't have this current situation where businesses are closing down because it's raining," he said.

Mr Campbell also promised $5 million to update the Toowoomba Bypass business case.

The funding will be sourced from an LNP four-year investment of $285 million in the Roads to Resources program.

Mayor Peter Taylor welcomed the announcement, but admitted further funding was needed so council could build detention basins upstream of the CBD.

LNP promises

  • $45 million for ring road and bridge over East and West Creeks juncture gifting Toowoomba CBD railway land to Toowoomba Regional Council
  • $5 million for West Creek railway bridge near Herries and Dent Sts
  • $5 million to update Toowoomba Bypass business case


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