ROAD CUTS: Shadow Minister for State Development Andrew Powell along side Ted Sorensen who said the government was neglecting the region. Picture: Alistair Brightman
ROAD CUTS: Shadow Minister for State Development Andrew Powell along side Ted Sorensen who said the government was neglecting the region. Picture: Alistair Brightman

MP claims LNP can’t be trusted with road funding

SHADOW Minister for State Development Andrew Powell said Wide Bay jobs would continue to be lost as Labor slashed road infrastructure projects.

The Minister said that while Annastacia Palaszczuk continued to have fake fights over regional plans with the Federal Government, 8900 locals would be left without work.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk can’t even manage a city deal for the region let alone a new economic plan,” Mr Powell said.

“Labor’s only other non-Brisbane regional plan took over three years just to develop a draft.

“Budget documents show Labor’s road budget for Wide Bay this year will be $129.8m, which was 25 per cent less than the LNP Government’s investment of $172.6m in 2014-15.

“The neglect of this region by Annastacia Palaszczuk is staggering.

“Labor has cut road infrastructure by $43m in Wide Bay while pouring $15bn into the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane,” he said.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said Andrew Powell and the LNP could only be trusted people to cut infrastructure based on their record in government.

“How can people trust Andrew Powell and the LNP when he lies to locals, alleging we haven’t committed funding in our budget for roads like Torbanlea-Pialba Road, when in fact we had,” Mr Bailey said.

“The Palaszczuk Government in contrast has locked in $1.9 billion for roads and transport infrastructure in the Wide Bay Burnett over the next four years.

“That’s after delivering more than half-a-billion dollars in roads and transport since 2015.

“This year alone, we’re investing more than $500 million in the region’s road, school, health and critical infrastructure which will create more than 2,200 local jobs.

“It’s only the Palaszczuk Labor Government that is committed to regional Queensland.

“It’s why we’re delivering $14.5 billion in roads and transport for the regions over the next four years, supporting 13,500 regional jobs,” he said.

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