PM tight lipped on road funds

Mor­ri­son stays silent on ring road

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - RAINEE SHEPPERSON Rainee.Shepperson@dai­ly­mer­

WHEN the Prime Min­is­ter came to town on Thurs­day there was only one ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s mind - when will fund­ing for stage two of the Mackay Ring Road project be re­leased?

Re­main­ing tight lipped on the topic, Mr Mor­ri­son could not con­firm any fund­ing was locked in but said the Fed­eral Mem­ber for Daw­son Ge­orge Chris­tensen had pre­sented him with a very strong case.

“When we are in a po­si­tion to say some­thing about the fund­ing we will,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

“There are a num­ber of projects in Mackay that are very im­por­tant to stake­hold­ers, one of which is the next phase of the ring road project.

“I can as­sure you Ge­orge has been ad­vo­cat­ing very strongly for that project.”

Mr Mor­ri­son at­tended an in­vite-only af­ter­noon tea at the MECC where he spoke about the project.

“I have had the op­por­tu­nity to­day to dis­cuss the project in more de­tail and I will be lis­ten­ing to what Ge­orge and other lo­cals have to say,” Mr Mor­ri­son said.

“Ge­orge has handed me a pack­age of ma­te­rial about the ring road so we will con­tinue to as­sess the project and see where it goes in the not too dis­tant fu­ture.

“We are very com­mit­ted to th­ese types of projects.”

An op­er­a­tor who works at Paget com­pany JLM Trans­port and Lo­gis­tics said fund­ing for the ring road project was vi­tal be­cause at present “we have a road go­ing to nowhere”.

“We are a lo­cal trans­port com­pany but for the in­ter­state com­pa­nies the ring road will make a huge dif­fer­ence,” the op­er­a­tor said.

“It will cut down on the travel time and pre­vent big trucks go­ing through traf­fic in the city.

“I’ve seen many things on the road and one thing I know for sure is cars do not like to play with trucks.”

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