HANDS TIED: Leader of the Nationals Party Warren Truss visits Gladstone Regional Council.
HANDS TIED: Leader of the Nationals Party Warren Truss visits Gladstone Regional Council. Kerri-Anne Mesner

No cash for crossroad: Truss

FUNDING for the Calliope Crossroads, under a Liberal National Party Federal Government, may not been allocated until 2014 or later.

National Party Leader Warren Truss told Gladstone Regional Council yesterday there would be a new Auslink program during the 2014/15 financial year.

“The funding for this program is currently committed by the current government,” he said.

Mr Truss said there were 30 projects at present funded that had not started construction.

He said LNP would review the Auslink program, if it won the Federal election, to see where savings could be made.

“I can’t give a commitment,” he said.

Mr Truss said LNP would have to wait for final costings before looking at the project further.

He said if the project ended up costing tens of millions and not hundreds of millions, it would be much more manageable to fund.

Gladstone councillor Craig Butler said there was at least one near miss or one accident at the crossroads weekly.

“I’ve come across three of those in the past month,” he said.

The Council’s chief executive, Graeme Kanofski, said Wednesday afternoon, it took him four-and-a-half minutes to get through the intersection.

Councillors and council staff discussed a number of issues with Mr Truss including affordable housing, aged-care facilities and services and other Gladstone region roads.

Mr Truss said Queensland had the greatest need for aged-care facilities and services because people now retire to the Sunshine State.

Mr Kanofski said the greatest infrastructure need in Gladstone had been the airport, which was near completion of a major upgrade.

“I believe that now is the appropriate time for both governments (state and federal) to commit to infrastructure we need,” he said.

Mr Kanofski said the council was putting the cards on the table to both the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal National Party.



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