Coast doesn’t just need better M1, we need duplicate road too
WHAT does it say about the Palaszczuk Labor Government that the Gold Coast Bulletin reports almost every day on the shocking state of the M1?
I’m proud it was a Liberal National Government that built this vital infrastructure decades ago, but this road has been badly neglected by successive Labor premiers.
Yesterday the LNP highlighted the daily commuter crawl inflicted on Pimpama residents, while the
Bulletin also revealed that Labor is installing solar panels where we urgently need slip roads. It’s time this massive infrastructure fail was sorted out once and for all.
The Prime Minister has put $1 billion on the table to upgrade the M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, as well between Eight Miles Plains and Daisy Hill.
However, the work will only happen if Annastacia Palaszczuk matches the federal funding dollar for dollar.
It’s the same offer Labor’s Bill Shorten has made the Premier – but Annastacia Palaszczuk is refusing to pay a fair share.
If she can’t even see eye-to-eye with Bill Shorten, she is never going to fix the M1.
Annastacia Palaszczuk’s negative attitude is so infuriating for Gold Coast drivers because they know there is so much more to be done to solve the region’s congestion problem.
The Gold Coast’s population has boomed, but its infrastructure hasn’t kept up.
That’s why at the last election the LNP committed $250 million to building a new four-lane arterial road between Nerang and Stapylton. The Gold Coast doesn’t just need a better M1; we need this second M1 too.
Labor can’t keep growing the Gold Coast while scrimping on infrastructure.
If I were Premier, I would upgrade the motorway, build a second M1 and get the Gold Coast moving again.
The Gold Coast deserves better and I promise that a future LNP government would get the job done – with no arguments. DEB FRECKLINGTON, LEADER, LNP