Can­berra must stump up money for our road­works

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THIS week we saw Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack in Townsville, but not one an­nounce­ment of cash for the projects we need here.

Here in Townsville, we’ve al­ways had to fight for our fair share.

I’ve cam­paigned for the Her­vey Range Road up­grade and the well­known $ 35 mil­lion River­way Drive Stage 1 road du­pli­ca­tion.

These projects were over­due but have now been com­pleted. River­way Drive has be­come a cat­a­lyst for mil­lions of dol­lars in in­vest­ment in shop- ping cen­tre up­grades and the jobs that will come with it. And my calls for a state com­mit­ment for $ 36 mil­lion for the Townsville Ring Road Stage 5 du­pli­ca­tion, the fi­nal re­main­ing piece of the to­tal 28km Ring Road, were an­swered in this year’s State Bud­get.

This is a cru­cial project. Stage 5 runs through the very heart of Thuringowa, from Vick­ers Bridge, River­way Drive on ramp to Ka­lynda/ Shaw’s Road area.

All the project needs now is to Can­berra to lis­ten, and come up with the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s share of the pro- ject. But with the Deputy PM in town this week, we saw no ac­tion, no move­ment and no com­mit­ment. It is time for Can­berra to lis­ten. It is time for the Fed­eral Govern­ment to stump up the cash, and it is time for our LNP can­di­date Phillip Thomp­son to an­swer our lo­cal calls.

I know our Fed­eral Mem­ber for Her­bert Cathy O’Toole has sup­ported this project, but as we get closer to the election, it is time for Fed­eral La­bor to com­mit the funds too. Cathy has de­liv­ered an election com­mit­ment for Stage 2 of the Haughton Wa­ter Pipe­line, but we need Fed­eral La­bor to de­liver on the Ring Road too.

We need on­go­ing em­ploy­ment in this town, this road project con­nect­ing to our Port of Townsville is vi­tal.

It will sup­port more than 200 jobs, over a long pe­riod of time.

We need all of our fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives to stand up to Can­berra on this road in­fra­struc­ture project with the lo­cal mem­ber. AARON HARPER, Mem­ber for Thuringowa.

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