Four lanes: Four hopefuls want it
ALL four known candidates for the seat of Rockhampton have vowed to fight for a four-lane highway between Gracemere and Rockhampton.
Labor's Bill Byrne, Liberal National Party's Gavin Finch, Katter's Australian Party's Shane Guley and independent Bruce Diamond have all said they would fight for the upgrade to occur sooner rather than later.
The vows come a day after The Morning Bulletin launched its Give Us 4 campaign to push for the Capricorn Hwy upgrade, backed by Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter who wants it funded in the next State Budget.
Mr Byrne said preliminary works had already been done, showing such an upgrade would cost more than $60 million.
He said this project was in his top five issues in the community he would fight for.
"I have cycled the road and driven it many times, door knocked in Gracemere and I know how important this is," he said.
Mr Byrne said he raised the highway matter with Premier Anna Bligh when she visited last month and she understood the need for it.
He said from an engineering traffic management perspective, the data added up that this would be a sensible investment.
Mr Diamond said this was a definite must have project.
"I think it's long overdue," he said.
Mr Diamond said it was needed because of the population growth at Gracemere and more wide loads on the road.
Mr Guley said this was one of the projects he had identified as a "must have".
"That's one of the things I want to see going in my first term, if elected," he said.
Mr Finch said: "If elected, I will absolutely be fighting for infrastructure in this region to be brought up to the level needed for the future, which includes the Capricorn Hwy."