Yesterday Labor announced savage infrastructure cuts of funding for critical Sunshine Coast transport projects, to say the least this was a devastating blow.
The Federal Infrastructure Minister has admitted that she has been in discussion with the Queensland Labor Government about the cuts, specifically the Deputy Premier Steven Miles, Treasurer Cameron Dick and Minister for Transport Mark Bailey.
News that $160m from the Sunshine Motorway/Nicklin Way upgrade (Mooloolah River Interchange) have been cut by the Federal Labor Government has thrown desperately needed safety upgrades into chaos as well as putting the future of the Maroochydore Rail project under a cloud.
The State Labor Government has been silent for 180 days during the Federal Labor ‘review’ and freeze of infrastructure funding, and now they’re still failing to fight for critical Sunshine Coast projects.
This is a shocking and completely unacceptable blow to our growing area.
Maroochydore Rail (also known as direct Sunshine Coast Rail) is in limbo in yet another review.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government delays in committing State funds for rail to Maroochydore is the reason Federal funding is now pushed off into another project destroying delays and “review”.
Minister Bailey delayed making a commitment to the project and now we’re all paying the price.
The Labor Party at a State and Commonwealth level continue to show complete disregard for the people of the Sunshine Coast, and it’s just not good enough.
The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in the state and in the country. The area needs this infrastructure now, not just in the future.
The people of the Sunshine Coast deserve better than this State and Federal Labor Government.