State commits to Eight-Mile intersection
ON A state level the funds are sitting in the kitty waiting to be used to re-develop the deadly Eight Mile intersection.
Earlier this week Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Peter Blundell and CEO Andrew Roach met with ministers Scott Emerson and Lawrence Springborg.
Cr Blundell said the meeting with State Government was extremely promising.
"The meeting went very well with both ministers strongly supportive of a redesign of the intersection," he said.
"Both ministers reinforced they supported the 80/20 split of funding with 80% coming from the Federal Government.
"Minister Emerson advised the State Government funds were available now."
Cr Blundell said they are all fully aware that time was ticking and another horrible accident could occur any time.
"I'm for the support of both ministers on this very important issue for the Southern Downs community.
"We cannot emphasise enough the need for urgency," he said.
"As I have often stated it's a pleasure to work with Lawrence Springborg who always gives us a good and fair hearing and goes into bat for our region.
"Minister Emerson was also very supportive and realised the significance of the issue."
Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said he was pleased to see the Mayor and the CEO advocating for the community.
"The Mayor made it very clear to the Transport Minister that the Eight Mile is of great concern to this community," he said.
"Mr Emerson has a clear understanding of what is required for this project to move forward.
"He has committed to the state funding and what we now need is a commitment from the Federal Government."
Minister for Transport and Main Roads said the fate of the Eight Mile intersection now lay in the hands of member for Maranoa Bruce Scott.
"It is now up to Mr Scott to convince his colleagues to secure funding to upgrade the intersection."
Southern Downs Regional councillors will meet with several ministers at the Community Cabinet on the weekend in Toowoomba and further discussions will be held about the Eight Mile intersection.