In 2012, the Liberal National Party inherited a Bruce Highway that was run-down and unsafe after more than a decade of neglect under successive Labor governments. The RACQ labelled it the most deadly road in the country.
We needed a plan to make the Bruce Highway safe, flood resilient and able to cope with the state’s growth. The Bruce Highway is the major economic artery for regional Queensland.
We’re now starting to see the benefits of the $8.5 billion Bruce Highway Action Plan the Liberal National Party funded with the Federal Coalition.
From Cairns to Brisbane, projects along the Bruce Highway worth millions of dollars have been delivered or are under construction thanks to the former LNP government. But there’s more to be done.
Unfortunately the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s only solution for the Bruce Highway is to set up a bureaucracy. The Labor Government’s Bruce Highway Trust was announced with no detail and more than three months later there has been no chair or board members appointed.
The Federal Coalition Government has announced a $3.3 billion boost to Bruce Highway funding as part of the recent budget.
An LNP state government would immediately stump up our share of this funding under an 80/20 arrangement to get works underway as soon as possible.
Projects up and down the coast which will be delivered thanks to this budget boost include:
- $1.1 billion Pine River to Caloundra corridor upgrade, including 6-laning between Caboolture and Caloundra and upgrading the Dohles Rocks Road on and off-ramps
- $1 billion for the last stage of the Cooroy to Curra upgrade, the Gympie Bypass
- $250 million for additional safety works
This will form part of our new 10-year plan for the Bruce Highway, Queensland’s economic artery from Brisbane up to Cairns.
The LNP will back the Bruce and ensure Queenslanders up and down the state have a safer highway.