Pahlke and Neumann's war of words on interchange

FIRING BACK: Cr David Pahlke.
FIRING BACK: Cr David Pahlke. Rob Williams

THE BLACKSOIL Interchange project has stalled but the reason for the delay remains a major point of disagreement among local politicians.

On Thursday the QT highlighted how Ipswich West MP Sean Choat and Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann differ over why the delay has occurred. Now Cr David Pahlke and Mr Neumann have upped the ante in the war of words. Cr Pahlke said "the previous state member (Wayne Wendt) and the current federal member (Mr Neumann), despite two years of negotiation with council, would not agree to the second exit into the Pine Mountain area".

"When the State Election hit us...the final designs had been done. Council had been asking them for some time for their traffic studies so we could see how it impinges on our own road network. But they refused to give us the technical and statistical information to back their design. This tells me the design they did was to price and not to standard.

"This current State Government is trying to put in a second access. It may not be the best access, but it's far better than Wayne Wendt and Shayne Neumann proposed."

It may not be the best access, but it's far better than Wayne Wendt and Shayne Neumann proposed.

Mr Neumann said there was "a massive community consultation" on the project, he attended those meetings, that any change to the design was up to the Department of Main Roads (DMR) and that "David Pahlke's record on this project leaves a lot to be desired".

"The failure of the second access is the fault of Mr Pahlke because he should have made sure the Bayley Rd extension took place on what is a council road.

The failure ... is the fault of Mr Pahlke because he should have made sure the Bayley Rd extension took place on what is a council road.

"We gave him $1.5 million for the project but he failed to get the rest of the money from the Ipswich City Council or Sean Choat.

But Mr Pahlke said Mr Neumann's remarks meant that "he now wants rate payers to fund $8 million of an extension, because they took away a local government exit at Eleazar Dr."

Mr Pahlke said the original plans from community consultation included a Bayley Rd extension.

"It was part and parcel of the project, but then it was taken out. We weren't aware of it (the change) until they delivered the project without it," he said.

But Mr Neumann said "the funding for the Bayley Rd extension was never part of the design prepared (by DMR) under the previous state government with the funding of the Federal Government."

Topics:  blacksoil interchange, david pahlke, ipswich city council, sean choat, shayne neumann, wayne wendt




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