En­abling bet­ter progress

Sunshine Coast Daily - - YOUR SAY -

IT’S en­cour­ag­ing that An­drew Wal­lace has fi­nally re­alised the need for Bruce High­way up­grad­ing and rail du­pli­ca­tion (Daily, De­cem­ber 3).

His ef­forts to en­cour­age all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to work to­gether to de­liver nec­es­sary im­prove­ments are to be com­mended.

There are some fed­eral is­sues he could seek to re­solve to en­able bet­ter progress as im­me­di­ate pri­or­i­ties, to help him (and res­i­dents) re­alise his soon as pos­si­ble de­liv­ery hope.

He could seek fed­eral agree­ment to the 80 (fed­eral) and 20 (state) fund­ing ar­range­ments the LNP Gov­ern­ment of­fers sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ments else­where (par­tic­u­larly where there are marginal seats to be won). Rather than the 50/50 cur­rently be­ing of­fered.

He could also seek to bring the fed­eral fund­ing of­fered in 2016 for­ward from 2020 when it might be made avail­able (sub­ject of course to Bud­get and eco­nomic cir­cum­stances and other pri­or­i­ties).

Let’s hope Fisher is a suf­fi­ciently marginal elec­torate for those out­comes to be pos­si­ble. AN­DREW MO­RAN Bat­tery Hill

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