News

Bruce Hwy action plan leaves Rocky on road to ruin

Trucks finally roll into Rockhampton from the South after the Bruce Highway was reopened after two weeks once flood waters receded. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin ROK140111-truck-c2
Trucks finally roll into Rockhampton from the South after the Bruce Highway was reopened after two weeks once flood waters receded. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin ROK140111-truck-c2 Chris Ison

ROCKHAMPTON remains on the bottom rung of the ladder of priorities in fixing the Bruce Hwy.

The LNP State Government yesterday released its 10-year Bruce Hwy Crisis Action Plan titled Out of the Crisis, calling on the Federal Government to allocate more funding.

It was hoped by many that there would be higher prioritisation for regional areas, but in comparison to the former Labor State Government's plan released in December, 2011, not much has changed.

The difference between the LNP plan and the Labor plan is the LNP put dollar figures next to projects and added another layer of prioritisation.

Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore said the plan was nothing more than a rehash of the Labor plan, listing much-needed projects for the Rockhampton region at the bottom of the rung.

"It's an amateurish political stunt," she said.

Rockhampton State MP Bill Byrne backed Ms Livermore's comment by saying the State Government was using the agenda as a 'smoke screen' to do nothing.

"They are not doing anything pragmatic in real terms to address the issues," Mr Byrne said.

"It's just spin with no intention of delivering anything."

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, when releasing the plan, said it included projects already committed over the next 10 years under base funding arrangements, plus additional projects that are needed to repair, improve and flood-proof the Bruce Hwy.

"The Bruce Hwy is Queensland's 1677km backbone, playing a significant role in building a four-pillar economy by moving people and freight across the State," he said.

"The Newman government will honour its election commitment and contribute an additional $1 billion over the next 10 years, if the Federal Government also brings forward its funding."

However, Mr Byrne hit out at Mr Seeney's comment, saying the State Government was only looking at spending 1% of its promised $1 billion in the first year, according to budget papers.

"Queenslanders would have thought it would be more in the vicinity of $100 million in the first financial year," Mr Byrne said.

Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese said the Federal Government had already invested twice as much in the Bruce Hwy as the former Federal Government.

"The Federal Government has significantly increased funding to an unprecedented $2.8 billion over six years," he said.

"To put that into perspective, the former Howard government put in just $1.3 billion over 12 years."

Mr Albanese said the plan would be given consideration as negotiations continue with the State Government over the next five-year Nation Building Program scheduled to begin in mid-2014.

What's in it for CQ?

Mackay to Rockhampton

Mackay Northern Access Upgrade (capacity, safety)

Mackay Intersection Upgrades - Stage 2 (capacity, safety)

Sarina Northern Access Upgrade (capacity, safety)

Duplication of Mackay to Sarina not expected to be funded (capacity, safety)

Rockhampton to Gympie

Yeppen floodplain south upgrade (flooding)

Rockhampton North Access Upgrade - Stage 1 (capacity, safety)

Childers Bypass Construction works not listed

Topics:  bruce highway




Warwick police hunt drive off suspect

Warwick police on the hunt

Judge lectures on true value of wedding rings

A Warwick jewellery store robber has almost doubled his sentence

Ipswich drivers hate this more than anything else

Ipswich Motorway traffic at Goodna. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

RACQ names top ten worst driving habits

Latest deals and offers

Vintaea: Why I left The Bachelor on the first night

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles