Not time to play council politics on Second Range Crossing

EDITORIAL

FOR too long the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing has been plagued by broken promises, delays and political grandstanding.

It finally has the green light and construction is only months from starting.

The onus is on Toowoomba Regional Council to ensure the finished product does not disadvantage residents of the Toowoomba region.

One way of doing this is by building efficient connections with the bypass from the city's northern suburbs.

Council is working with the state and federal governments, and chosen consortium Nexus, to secure $40 million in funding to get these built.

It should be straight forward. Lock in the funding, go to the community and decide on the best possible outcome.

Instead, Cr Bill Cahill has caused frustration in City Hall by opposing the agreement before more public consultation is done.

His opposition "repulsed" Mayor Paul Antonio who said it could put the agreement in jeopardy.

Cr Cahill could have a point - more community consultation might be needed, but now is not the time to play politics and halt progress.

Take a stand and fight for the community once the funding is secured. Just do what it takes to get the money first.



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