The Palaszczuk Labor Government has again been slammed by State and Federal southern Gold Coast MPs for dragging its feet and having no plan to upgrade the M1 motorway between Robina and Reedy Creek before the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
In response to a question in Parliament from Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates, Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey cast doubt on whether the Labor Government could deliver the critical infrastructure upgrade in time for the Games.
“It absolutely beggars belief that this Main Roads Minister can on one hand claim ‘design and early works could begin immediately’ on the next M1 upgrade and say there ‘is no doubt an effective transport system will be critical to the success’ of the Commonwealth Games, whilst on the other hand again refusing to commit any funding,” said Ms Bates.
“The Minister has once again confirmed the only funding submission made before the last Federal Budget was by the LNP in 2012, with no funding submission made by Labor for this year’s budget and no mention of this section of the M1 in the State Infrastructure Plan last month.
“We have a bumbling, fumbling Main Roads Minister from a do-nothing, say-nothing, know-nothing, be-nothing Labor Government with no idea about the funding history of the M1 holding up a critical infrastructure upgrade before the Commonwealth Games.
“We are now two years out from the Games and Labor is frozen at the wheel, leaving local residents stuck in traffic as a result.”
Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said the Federal Coalition Government remained committed to seeing the M1 upgrade completed between Robina and Reedy Creek as soon as possible.
“The upgrade of the M1 to Tugun was identified as a necessity in 2007 when the joint funding commitment of $910 million was first announced. That funding has been expended with the road south of Robina left languishing,” said Mrs Andrews.
“It’s time for the State Government to step up and see this project through.
“Infrastructure Australia has listed the Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes M1 upgrade as a priority initiative in the Australian Infrastructure Plan released earlier this year yet the State Government has failed to fully cost the initiative, providing only a draft business case.
“My calls for the Main Roads Minister to put forward a fully costed business case have fallen on deaf ears time and time again. The State is ignoring the Southern Gold Coast and its residents. It’s time they put their money where their mouth is.”