State MP Fiona Simpson has welcomed the Premier’s announcement of a $440 million congestion-busting road plan to fix the Sunshine Motorway and access to the new hospital.
Ms Simpson said the Sunshine Coast MPs are working together to put forward a plan for the duplication of the Sunshine Motorway into Mooloolaba, a redesigned Mooloolah River interchange and new access flyover to Kawana Way to be funded out of the proposed Strong Choices Investment fund.
“It’s up to the people of Queensland whether they want to recycle some state assets to fund new infrastructure but what we’re saying is we now have a roadmap to fund and build these roads and create new jobs,” Ms Simpson said.
“This plan would create 2,500 jobs during construction and unlock a Sunshine Coast bottleneck. It’s a much smarter design too – the previous design was like L.A. on steroids – painful and unfunded. This will help grow Sunshine Coast jobs.
“The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in Queensland and it needs proper investment in roads and more job opportunities.
“The previous government’s unfunded $1.5 billion design which was too complicated and too costly.
“The Sunshine Coast MPs are working together to deliver a more cost-effective design to improve access to the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the Sunshine Motorway.”