LNP uses Mad­den’s funds call to ques­tion min­is­ter

The Queensland Times - - News -

THE State Op­po­si­tion has seized on Jim Mad­den’s call for his own gov­ern­ment to fund an up­grade to the Cun­ning­ham High­way.

In ques­tion time on Thurs­day, the LNP’s Mem­ber for Glass House An­drew Pow­ell quoted the QT’s ar­ti­cle where Mr Mad­den said the gov­ern­ment should fix the Am­ber­ley in­ter­change.

“I've made it clear, I think the State Gov­ern­ment should ac­cept the 50-50 pro­posal,” Mr Mad­den said ear­lier this month.

In Par­lia­ment’s fiery ques­tion time Mr Pow­ell asked why Min­is­ter for Trans­port and Main Roads Mark Bai­ley had not lis­tened to his own MP’s de­mand and funded an up­grade to the high­way.

Mr Bai­ley said it was up to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide 80 per cent of the project cost, with the in­ter­change out­side an ur­ban area.

It is un­der­stood the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads has al­lo­cated $55 mil­lion to up­grad­ing the notorious in­ter­sec­tion be­tween 2020 and 2022.

The re­main­ing $115 mil­lion will be al­lo­cated be­yond then.

The Australian Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted $170 mil­lion to up­grade the in­ter­sec­tion.

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