Canberra must stump up money for our roadworks
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.