I welcome today’s news that the upgrade of the Bruce Highway between the Cooroy Southern Interchange and Sankeys Road – also known as Cooroy to Curra, Section A – has been completed and is now open to traffic.
This was yet another project funded by the former Federal Labor Government. Indeed, as the Infrastructure and Transport Minister in that Government, I had the honour of turning the first sod back in June 2013.
This was a big project which put almost 1600 Queenslanders to work, both directly and indirectly. Now that it’s completed, the 16,000 motorists that use this section of highway every day will benefit from smoother, safer driving conditions.
When it comes to Queensland there is no more important road than the Bruce Highway. That’s why when we were in government we increased to record levels the amount of Federal funding being invested in the project. In fact, when compared to the former Howard Government, we invested more than four times as much in half the time.
Today, every project underway along the entire length of this road was originally identified and funded by the former Labor Government.
Next week’s Federal Budget will be real test for Malcolm Turnbull.
Will he do what Labor did in government and provide real money for real projects that will make a real difference? Or will he continue to reduce investment in the Bruce and delay the rollout of upgrades that will improve safety, cut travel times, ease congestion and improve the highway’s flood immunity?
Since taking office in 2013, the Abbott-Turnbull Government has cut Bruce Highway funding by $143 million.