Multiple road projects are at risk across the Toowoomba region, as the Albanese Labor government seeks to cut funding in rural Queensland to fund city projects.
Federal Member for Groom, Garth Hamilton was joined by Shadow Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Tony Pasin to call on Labor to save investment in Groom.
Mr Hamilton said the road safety upgrades at Cabarlah on the New England Highway were critical for the safety of road users and funding must flow.
“The people of our region expect this project and others on the Warrego, Gore and New England to be delivered.
“Under the Coalition these vital projects were funded, they would have delivered road safety and freight efficiency gains,” Mr Hamilton said.
“Labor is once again ignoring the people of regional and rural Australia,”
Mr Pasin said the Albanese Government had allowed the national road network to fall into disrepair with billions of dollars in funding cuts and delays since coming to Government.
“Australia’s 880,000 kms of road network underpins almost every aspect of our lives. From getting to and from work and school to getting produce off the farm and off to market, a good road network underpins the efficient and safe movement of people and goods and it’s critical to competing in a global market,” Mr Pasin said.
“The Labor Government has put our infrastructure investment on pause while we watch the road toll rise and our freight operators struggle with increased input costs. Labor’s infrastructure review is one we didn’t need and in truth, we can’t afford.”