13 Dec 2017

Palaszczuk’s $9 billion road funding black hole revealed

Queensland Audit Office finds road funding under Annastacia Palaszczuk falls short to the tune of $9 billion.

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s own budget shows she cut road funding by $400 million* across Queensland this year.

Labor have absolutely no plan to build the roads our growing state needs.

The Queensland Audit Office has delivered a scathing report into Annastacia Palaszczuk’s failure to invest in critical road infrastructure the state needs.

The report found there is currently a maintenance backlog under Labor of $4 billion which will blow out to more than $9 billion over the next decade.   

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the report found existing roads would deteriorate because of the lack of funding.

“This report shows that Annastacia Palaszczuk has absolutely no plan to build the roads our growing state needs,” Ms Frecklington said.

“In fact, Annastacia Palaszczuk’s own budget shows she cut road funding by $400 million* across Queensland this year.

“The overall condition of the transport network falls well short of DTMR’s target standards and our roads network is becoming more congested and unreliable.

“DTMR forecasts that the renewal backlog on the state-controlled road network will exceed $9 billion over the next decade – this is a serious safety issue and Annastacia Palaszczuk has no plan to fix it.”

Ms Frecklington said the scathing report showed that Annastacia Palaszczuk continued to ignore the needs of Regional Queensland.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has invested less in infrastructure than any previous government,” she said.

“Our roads are becoming less reliable and less productive under Labor.

“The equation is fairly simple – investing in infrastructure creates local jobs.

“The buck now stops with Annastacia Palaszczuk. She needs to start delivering for Regional Queensland instead of just talking about it.”

Breakdown of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s road funding cuts in the 2017-18 State Budget:

  • $34 million from Far North Queensland
  • $17.6 million from North Queensland
  • $15.2 million from North West Queensland
  • $16.2 million from Mackay/Whitsunday
  • $26.7 million from Fitzroy
  • $84.9 million from Wide Bay Burnett
  • $63 million from Sunshine Coast
  • $33.5 million from Brisbane (Metropolitan)
  • $134.2 million from Darling Downs
  • $7.7 million from South-West Queensland