'Goat track' upgrade at snail’s pace: Neumann

IT IS known as a goat track.

But it is "the snail's pace" taken by the Federal Government to upgrade it that most has Blair MP Shayne Neumann riled.

Mr Neumann spent three days at the Ipswich Show and the hot topic was the lack of action on the Darra to Rocklea upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway which is holding up economic development and seeing tens of thousands of Ipswich commuters stuck in gridlock daily.

Time is money for business and just having two lanes either way is not good enough.

The Federal Government has allocated $279 million for the upgrade, but made no serious money available until 2018-19.

That is despite the Coalition telling the QT before the last election that it wanted to "fast track" the upgrade.

"It is the biggest infrastructure project needed in Ipswich," Mr Neumann said.

"I want to see the goat track of the Darra to Rocklea section of the Ipswich Motorway completed. That was our policy at the last election and that money remains in the budget now.

"The Coalition has put this upgrade off into the Never Never, but we would immediately start having negotiations with the Queensland Government to get this going.

"We put $279 million in the last budget to get it started, but the Campbell Newman government didn't want a bar of it.

"The money is available, but it is progressing at a snail's pace. It is glacial."


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