High­way, wa­ter key to re­gion’s growth

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Ali Kuchel [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

IT IS not about how much it costs, but the fact up­grades to the War­rego must be done to pre­vent more fa­tal­i­ties.

The safety of the War­rego Hwy is just one is­sue in the elec­torate Mem­ber for Lock­yer Jim Mcdon­ald will be push­ing for this year.

The for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer said peo­ple made mis­takes when driv­ing, and as a re­sult, roads needed to be en­gi­neered to a stan­dard to re­duce ac­ci­dents and al­low traf­fic to con­tinue to flow.

“There’s hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars be­ing spent in Bris­bane to save peo­ple 10 min­utes in travel time,” Mr Mcdon­ald said.

“We have peo­ple tak­ing their lives into their own hands ev­ery day when the cross the War­rego High­way.”

Mr Mcdon­ald iden­ti­fied Hat­ton Vale, Sum­mer­holm and Glenore Grove in­ter­sec­tions as ma­jor lo­ca­tions re­quir­ing sep­a­rated in­ter­sec­tions and over­passes.

“We can’t af­ford not to do it be­cause peo­ple are dy­ing,” he said.

He said wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions were also a ma­jor is­sue.

“We need to make sure the price of wa­ter and the al­lo­ca­tions are changed or re­moved and dealt with through ac­cu­rate data,” he said.

“We also need to get ad­di­tional wa­ter al­lo­cated to the re­gion.”

Mr Mcdon­ald said wa­ter for ir­ri­gation was a “strate­gic na­tional is­sue”.

“We are one hour to the cap­i­tal city and we have the sev­enth most fer­tile soil in the world. We have wa­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties at a very rea­son­able cost if peo­ple co-op­er­ate,” he said.

We can’t af­ford not to do it be­cause peo­ple are dy­ing.

— Jim Mcdon­ald

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

Lock­yer MP Jim Mcdon­ald dis­cussed wa­ter al­lo­ca­tions in the Cen­tral Lock­yer at a grow­ers meet­ing at the Lock­yer Val­ley Cul­tural Cen­tre last year.

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