Mar 25, 2017

M1 work must start ASAP following funding agreement

Federal Labor welcomes today’s compromise agreement to fund vital upgrades to the M1, but is disappointed that Logan and Gold Coast motorists have had to wait so long for the LNP to finally make it happen.

An agreement could have already been reached and construction could have already started had the Liberals not neglected Logan and the Gold Coast for so long.

Coalition delays have seen locals waste hours in traffic unnecessarily for years.

Local families and businesses have been the unwilling victims of the Federal LNP Government’s incompetence and inaction and Bert van Manen’s lack of influence.

Infrastructure Australia last year listed both the M1-Gateway merge and the Mudgeeraba-Varsity Lakes upgrades as priority projects.

Labor – at both a state and federal level – has been the only party prepared to tackle congestion along the M1, and locals know it.

The Coalition has finally listened to our calls on behalf of frustrated motorists and residents to deal with the State Government and fix the M1.

Today’s announcement follows Federal Labor’s commitment last week to back any compromise deal reached by the State and Federal Governments.

This is a victory for everyone who has joined with Federal Labor to campaign for this outcome.

We congratulate the State Government for consistently coming to the table willing to offer its fair share of funding to find a way through.

For our part, Federal Labor not only committed to the 80-20 funding split for the M1-Gateway merge upgrade, but also invested $312 million in upgrades to the Logan stretch of the M1 when we were last in Government.                                 

The commitment from the Queensland Government towards the M1-Gateway merge and to help widen the Mudgeeraba-Varsity Lakes section of the motorway now leaves the Liberals with no more excuses.

We call on work to commence as soon as possible. 

Get the shovels ready. The thousands of motorists each day who are forced to deal with congestion along the M1 have already suffered too long under this Abbott-Turnbull Government.