News

Crossroads date set

The Calliope Crossroads have been marked for completion within four years.
The Calliope Crossroads have been marked for completion within four years.

THE long-awaited Calliope Crossroad upgrades have been stamped for completion within the next four years as seen in the Premier's Bruce Highway Upgrade Strategy released yesterday.

The Upgrade Strategy, now open for public consultation, outlines the specific projects and timelines for necessary upgrades over the 1670km stretch of road from Brisbane to Cairns.

The Calliope Crossroad upgrades have been a talking point around the Gladstone region for many years and the necessary improvements are pivotal to the future of Gladstone resident's safety.

Local state member Liz Cunningham said though four years were longer then she would like to see for the completion of the project, she understood the complexity of what was required.

“Four years is a considerable amount of time, but it is realistic to the amount of work that actually has to be done,” she said.

Mrs Cunningham said the project should take priority as the primary reason for the upgrades is to ensure safety on our local roads.

“The Calliope Crossroads intersection is always congested – day or night and with greater population numbers and people coming into town it is an issue which has come to a head and is essential to be done now.”

Local member for Flynn, Ken O'Dowd was not impressed with the timeline and said four years was too long to wait for such a vital upgrade.

“Four years is a long way away especially with so much development going on. If it can be done in four years why not in one to two years,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“It is a dangerous situation and I receive more complaints about the intersection than anything else. With work camps and the gas construction set to be completed by then this is not acceptable and we need it now.”

Construction is set to start in 2013 with completion aimed at 2015.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers said the council was disappointed the project approved four years ago by the Federal Government hasn't begun construction.

“Given the Australian Government's approval of two (and soon possibly three) major LNG plants in Gladstone's State Development Area, coupled with major Port upgrades under way and the further expansion of mining within the Surat Basin, the need for an upgraded, safer intersection is now overdue,” Cr Sellers said.

A spokesman for Craig Wallace's office said $150 million has been fully committed by the Federal Government.

Topics:  calliope crossroads




Anger boils as 18 Syrian sailors let off ship into Gladstone without visas

OS35, the ship which was carrying the Syrian sailors.

BOATLOAD of Syrian sailors allowed to leave ship without visas.

Boyne woman on drug trafficking charges now 'pregnant'

NEW CONDITIONS: Hannah Quant arrives at Gladstone Courthouse to apply for bail changes.

Court tells accused trafficker she must live with mum

What Woolworths job losses will mean for the Gladstone region

WOOLWORTHS. Photo Emma Channon/Warwick Daily News

Seventeen underperformers will be closed down.

Latest deals and offers

Tom Hiddleston not worried about relationship attention

Attention doesn't bother 'authentic' Hiddleston

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field to expand family?

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field want more children.

Licking incident bars Ariana from performing at White House

Ariana Grande has been blocked from performing at the White House

Taylor Swift's ex throws support behind Kanye West

Calvin Harris shares a sing-along with Kanye West

Michael Jackson's jailed doctor wants his license back

Conrad Murray wants his medical licence back.

Pokemon Go: "Trading" on the horizon as game evolves

No Caption

Pokemon GO players will soon be able to trade with other trainers

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles