LNP and Labor both claiming credit for delivering Ring Road
ROCKHAMPTON'S Ring Road project is at the heart of a political war of words between Labor and the LNP who both claim credit for the idea.
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry hosted a press conference seeking to counter Federal Opposition spokesman on Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Anthony Albanese's criticism of the Coalition Government's failure to deliver the 22km Rockhampton Ring Road.
Ms Landry said her government was getting on with the job, with money set aside in the Budget and the process of land acquisitions and design work well under way.
"Mr Albanese is clearly barking up the wrong tree when looking for major infrastructure to not be delivered,” MsLandry said.
"The Labor Party have only become aware of the Ring Road, which promises to deliver jobs and a third bridge over the Fitzroy, since I started advocating for it.”
She said it was the same thing with their jumping on board to fund Rookwood Weir and she expected it would be the same for the next thing she talked about.
"It's this ridiculous piggyback politics that Central Queenslanders are getting tired of,” she said.
"I am working hard to see that this project gets up; it is worth $1billion and will secure stacks of jobs for Central Queenslanders.”
Mr Albanese reaffirmed Labor's commitment to get the Ring Road construction started within Labor's first term of government and challenged MsLandry's claim that she was the one who originated the Rockhampton Ring Road project.
He said he was a Federal Labor Minister when they commissioned a $5million study into the Ring Road in 2009 that identified the route, identified the third crossing, and all the works to take place.
"It is Federal Labor that has advanced this project, when we did the Yeppen Flood Plain,” MrAlbanese said.
According to a leaked list of funding commitments, Mr Albanese said the government had set aside $800million but believed they were withholding confirmation until it suited their political needs.
"After the recent political chaos within the Liberal Party that led to the dumping of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister, Australians are sick of needless politicking and partisanship,'' Mr Albanese said.
"It is time for the Coalition to back the Rockhampton Ring Road and deliver funding as soon as possible, rather than taking its usual position of promising money but pushing its delivery off into the Never-Never.''
Labor candidate for Capricornia Russell Robertson said Labor was strongly committed to investing in infrastructure in regional Queensland.
"The Ring Road will create jobs and take thousands of trucks off our streets, making Rocky safer and easier to get around,” Mr Robertson said.