PLEDGED FUNDS: Senator George Brandis (right) says the LNP will spend $279 million to upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway between Darra and Rocklea. He is with Ipswich MP Ian Berry and LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding.
PLEDGED FUNDS: Senator George Brandis (right) says the LNP will spend $279 million to upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway between Darra and Rocklea. He is with Ipswich MP Ian Berry and LNP candidate for Blair Teresa Harding. Claudia Baxter

Coalition matches ALP on Ipswich Motorway

THE Coalition will match the Labor Government's $279 million funding commitment to kick-start the completion of the Ipswich Motorway.

Senator George Brandis joined Blair and Oxley LNP candidates Teresa Harding and Andrew Nguyen making the announcement yesterday.

The announcement came three months after former treasurer Wayne Swan announced the Labor Government's intentions to finish the motorway.

The upgrade will include the stretch of the motorway between Oxley Rd and Suscatand St in Rocklea.

The senator guaranteed work would begin on the motorway within the first term of an Abbott government.

He did not comment on the total cost of the project, but said the funding would be released after the election.

"I think what we know about the Labor Party promises is they never come good on them," he said.

"If an Abbott government is elected you can be quite sure that this money will be invested, it will be spent."

Ms Harding said the final leg of the motorway was the most significant infrastructure project mentioned during her campaign.

"I've been campaigning for 13 months now and I've been very upfront since I was preselected to the very first meeting with LNP head quarters that my focus would be the Ipswich Motorway," she said.

"The Ipswich Motorway is the biggest infrastructure issue when we talk about investment in the area."

Blair MP Shayne Neumann said Coalition voted against the Dinmore to Darra upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway and could not be trusted to deliver the last stage.

"The people of Ipswich know who actually built it and that's the Federal Labor Party," Mr Neumann said.



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