LNP promises to Fix the Bruce
AN LNP Government would deliver a $1 billion, 10-year Bruce Hwy upgrade program to bring this vital link into the 21st Century, leader Campbell Newman said yesterday.
"The Bruce Hwy is the backbone of Queensland's road network and is the most critical road in the state for efficient, reliable and safe movement of people and freight," Mr Newman said.
He said the LNP would allocate $1 billion to fix the Bruce Hwy, conditional on the Federal Government also allocating funding to fix this essential transport link.
However, Australia's Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said when it came to the Bruce Hwy, Mr Newman was "all spin and no new money".
"The current Federal Labor Government has already significantly increased spending on the Bruce Hwy to a record $2.8 billion over seven years, whereas the former Howard Government only spent $1.2 billion over 12 years," Mr Albanese said.
Meanwhile, Capricorn Enterprises CEO Mary Carroll said the $500 million needed to flood-proof the 5km entrance into Rockhampton must be part of Mr Campbell's $1 billion commitment.
"... Capricorn Enterprise will be lobbying hard to ensure our local needs are represented appropriately," Ms Carroll said.
"With the LNP promising to deliver shovel ready projects ... plans for a third road/rail bridge into Rockhampton, including flood-proofing the entrance, has to be in the box seat for funding."