Perrett labels secret regional road cuts a ‘scare campaign’
GYMPIE MP Tony Perrett has dismissed as an ALP “scare campaign” the claim that the LNP will axe a planned $18 million upgrade of the Six Mile Creek Bridge between Pomona and Kin Kin if elected.
The project is one of many the ALP is today alleging will be axed in order to fund the $700 million LNP election promise of a new Gold Coast highway.
“Page 23 of the LNP’s own costings clearly states ‘$695 million (for the Second M1) will be funded as part of the $1.177 billion of Other Construction Projects in the Capital Program Update…” the ALP statement says.
“Head to page 17 of Labor’s Capital Program update released last month and you’ll see a line for $1.177 billion in the middle of the page,” it says.
“That $1.177 billion is joint-funding already fully allocated to regional roads projects – these ones.
“By their own costings, the LNP secret regional roads cuts plan will cut more than half of those 102 projects. Here’s a list of some of the projects the LNP will cut:
Shute Harbour Road in Airlie Beach - $25 million
Hervey Range Road (Townsville) - $8.9 million
Koumala – Bolingbroke Road sealing - $8 million
Flinders Highway (Townsville – Charters Towers) - $28 million
Flinders Highway (Julia Creek to Cloncurry) - $32 million
New England Highway (Yarraman to Toowoomba) - $13.9 million
Lawrie Street, Gracemere - $35 million
Carnarvon Highway (multiple projects) - $40+ million
Six Mile Creek bridge (Pomona – Kin Kin - $18 million
Steve Irwin Way, Beerburrum to Palmview - $18 million
May Downs Road sealing - $8 million
Burke Developmental Road sealing - $14 million
Monto – Mount Perry Road – $8 million
Mount Lindesay Highway - $75 million
Cleveland-Redland Bay Road duplication - $15 million
Kennedy Highway – Mareeba to Atherton - $37 million
Beenleigh – Redland Bay Road - $19.5 million
Tamborine – Oxenford Road (Howard Creek) - $10 million
Maudsland Road intersection (Beaudesert-Nerang Rd) - $4.9 million
Caloundra Road – Ridgewood Road - $3.75 million.
Mr Perrett dismissed the claimed cuts as a “frantic attempt at manufacturing a scare campaign on the eve of the election”.
“It is based on lies, from a desperate Treasurer that can’t and won’t deliver a State Budget,” Mr Perrett said.
“The Auditor General advised the Parliament earlier this year that he found a $5.4 billion underfund and backlog in the state-controlled road maintenance program.
“This Government is presiding over a road maintenance backlog because it doesn’t understand rural and regional Queensland. Everyone who drives on the roads knows it.”