TEL should fo­cus on TEARC

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

TEL CEO Pa­tri­cia O’Cal­laghan is cor­rect on the im­por­tance of the Mt Isa to Townsville rail line ( TB 26/ 07).

But surely the task on which they should be fu­ri­ously fo­cused is the com­ple­tion of the Townsville Eastern Ac­cess Cor­ri­dor ( TEARC).

This project, an­nounced by Prime Min­is­ter Turn­bull and In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Dar­ren Chester dur­ing the 2016 fed­eral cam­paign, has been a Queens­land Gov­ern­ment pri- or­ity for over a decade. It is now over 12 months since the La­bor State Gov­ern­ment’s Deputy Premier Jackie Trad an­nounced that a busi­ness case must be pre­pared.

This is the same Deputy Premier who took just 48 hours to get a fully costed busi­ness case com­pleted for Bris­bane’s Cross River Rail project.

The fed­eral pri­or­ity has al­ways been the ef­fi­cient move­ment of im­ports and ex­ports through Townsville Port.

The TEARC must be com­pleted first. TEL must surely know that. But there has been no men­tion of TEARC by TEL since the elec­tion last year. That is $ 147 mil­lion of fed­eral funds wait­ing to be spent.

Townsville ratepay­ers are within their rights to ask just what TEL has done to bring the TEARC into be­ing and pro­vid­ing for the eco­nomic growth of Townsville. EWEN JONES, Mund­ing­burra.

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