SEQ Mayors welcome the Federal Coalition’s Bruce Highway funding

17 / Jul / 2013 | News

SEQ Mayors have welcomed the Federal Coalition’s funding commitment to fix the Bruce Highway in South East Queensland.

Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Cr Graham Quirk said the Coalition’s commitment announced today seals the deal to fix the Bruce Highway in South East Queensland, with the Federal Labor Government announcing their funding commitment back in April.

“Today’s announcement by the Federal Coalition is fantastic news for the one in seven Australians that live in South East Queensland,” said Councillor Quirk.

“SEQ Mayors have been pushing both the Government and the Coalition for a commitment to the Bruce Highway Caloundra Road to Sunshine Coast Motorway upgrade and to have that project funded by both parties is a win for the region.

“The need for this upgrade is clear; the existing Sunshine Motorway interchange is recognised as one of the worst in the State, ranked number two on the Bruce Highway in terms of safety priority.

“The Council of Mayors (SEQ) infrastructure priority list is about providing safer, faster transport links for South East Queenslanders and the completion of this project will help achieve that outcome.”

The Coalition and the Queensland Government today announced $993 million for stage one and two of the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway upgrade as well as $122 million for the Caboolture to Caloundra upgrade. The Federal Government has committed $400 million to stage one of the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway upgrade.

Cr Quirk said SEQ Mayors would continue to push both the Government and Coalition to address the infrastructure backlog in SEQ and invest in the future productivity of the SEQ region.

“SEQ Mayors are united in getting key South East Queensland transport infrastructure projects, like the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, on the Federal platform of the major parties.”

“We will keep the pressure on right up to and beyond the federal election.”

The Council of Mayors (SEQ) released a list of transport infrastructure priorities in October last year.