Newman pledges half a billion for road upgrades
PREMIER Campbell Newman has promised more than $450 million in extra funding to combat traffic congestion across Queensland - but only if asset leases go ahead.
Mr Newman said the government will free up the road bottleneck at the Boundary Road overpass in North Lakes, north of Brisbane, and upgrade the Sumners Road interchange at Mount Ommaney as part of the LNP's program.
"These are the first projects to be announced under our Strong Choices program, which will pay down Labor's $80 billion debt and deliver vital congestion-busting infrastructure,'' Mr Newman said.
"We are delivering projects in a responsible way, targeting congestion hot spots on state roads and working with the Federal Government to deliver great outcomes on the national network,'' Mr Newman said.
Mr Newman said a further $360 million for other congestion-busting projects would be announced across South East Queensland in the coming weeks.
The $105 million upgrade to fix the Boundary Road interchange will be delivered under an 80-20 deal with the Federal Government with $21 million coming from Strong Choices.
The $80 million upgrade to Sumners Road overpass will be fully funded from Strong Choices, the LNP said.
Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss said the Federal Government had agreed to the traditional funding split for the Boundary Road project, which would be added to the landmark Bruce Highway Action Plan.
Mr Truss said federal funding was ''immediately available'' for the projects.
"Fixing this bottleneck will be an important boost for traffic flows and is part of the Federal Government's $6.7 billion commitment to fixing the Bruce Highway," MrTruss said.
"The Federal Government will contribute up to $84 million for the project.''
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said only the LNP could tackle congestion, using the $1.5 billion Strong Choices plan for job-creating road projects in South-East Queensland.
Work will begin on Boundary Road and Sumners Road projects this year with the projects to be delivered during the next term of a re-elected Newman LNP Government.
Newman: Don't hang Queensland with hung Parliament
Reporters then questioned the Premier on the latest polling, showing the LNP was edging slightly ahead of Labor, but not far enough to rule out the risk of a hung parliament.
"The only thing I say about those polls is this: Very clearly we could have a hung parliament and let me say, Let's not hang Queensland with a hung parliament.
"Let's have a strong team with a strong plan to create jobs to take the state forward."