Coast doesn’t just need bet­ter M1, we need du­pli­cate road too

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - OPINION -

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

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