Neumann and Harding united on Ipswich Motorway upgrade
FEDERAL political aspirant Teresa Harding says she is willing to work with her opponent to ensure the Ipswich Motorway upgrade between Darra and Rocklea is realised.
Infrastructure Australia announced this week the $558 million upgrade needed to be completed within the next five years or there was a real risk congestion would grind the region to a halt.
Ms Harding, who is the LNP candidate for Blair, said she wanted to see the project get underway as soon as possible.
She said the federal government's $279 million commitment towards the project was still on the table.
"I use that stretch of road everyday and everyday I sit in traffic for more than two hours," she said.
"I am more than happy to approach this in a united front with Federal Blair MP Shayne Neumann.
"I just want to see this vital piece of infrastructure completed."
Mr Neumann said he was also willing to work with Ms Harding to see the project get over the line.
Both are strongly committed to the project despite the fact the upgrade is nowhere near the Blair electorate.
"The people of Ipswich and the people of Blair use that road on a daily basis," Mr Neumann said.
"I am heading to Canberra next week and I intend to take up this issue with the newly-installed Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester.
"I honestly believe a fresh set of eyes in that respect will see this critical piece of infrastructure be delivered."
The release of the independent organisation's assessment on Wednesday prompted an immediate response.
Queensland Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced the government would commit $111.6 million towards the project.
He said it was time for the federal and state governments to sit down and work out a way to get the project over the line.
Infrastructure Australia identified 93 projects across the nation which it said were key to the nation's future prosperity.
The landmark report 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.