Ipswich Motorway to hit the political debate
FEDERAL Blair MP Shayne Neumann has come good on his commitment to put the Ipswich Motorway upgrade between Darra and Rocklea at the forefront of the political debate.
Mr Neumann used a speech in parliament to further spruik the need for the much-maligned motorway to be upgraded.
He reaffirmed his commitment to put politics aside in a bid to get the $558 million project over the line.
"I asked the new Minister for Infrastructure Darren Chester to have a look at this again - a fresh pair of eyes," he said.
"I hope he has a new perspective on this issue because it is absolutely crucial to south-east Queensland.
"Infrastructure Australia says it needs to be done."
Mr Neumann urged the government to revisit its commitment toward the project after negotiations between the federal and state governments stalled.
He said he was buoyed at the State Government's $111.6 million commitment announced last week in the Queensland Times towards the project.
"I ask the government to look again at the funding it once had on the table, across the forward estimates, for the upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway from Darra to Rocklea," he said.
"The final section - actually nowhere near my electorate - mainly in the electorate of Moreton and some in Oxley, is absolutely crucial for the people of Ipswich and Brisbane and the whole of south-east Queensland."
Infrastructure Australia says the upgrade needed to be completed within the next five years or there was a real risk congestion would grind the region to a halt.
The independent organisation also identified 93 projects across the nation which it said were key to the nation's future prosperity.
The landmark report, released last week, also recommends a number of funding changes to ensure the nation can afford to build its infrastructure needs.
It concluded the existing funding system for infrastructure was not working and recommended the development of a user-pays model for motorists.
The Turnbull Government will now consider whether it will adopt any of the recommendations made in the report.