The Albanese Government’s 90-day infrastructure review threatens to cut important road safety and congestion busting upgrades in the Toowoomba region.
Uncertainty for 400 critical road and rail projects across the nation remain under threat of cancellation with Labor’s 90 day infrastructure review hit by further delays.
Federal Member for Groom, Garth Hamilton said Labor’s infrastructure razor gang has failed to deliver its report within 90 days, as promised.
“What this means is further uncertainty for our region, in relation to important road upgrades on the Warrego, Gore and New England Highways.
Mr Hamilton said he had made a submission to the review, seeking a commitment from the government to ensure funding for critical road projects in the region.
“The former Coalition government put these important projects in the budget, to ease congestion, improve road safety and support increasing freight activity.
“Because of the shambolic approach by Labor, our community is none the wiser as to whether these road projects will go ahead,” Mr Hamilton said.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Senator Bridget McKenzie said the whole process of establishing the infrastructure review was a last-minute shamble, a political fix to explain why the Federal Labor Government was going to cut promised and funded projects and redirect funding to support the pet projects of Labor premiers.
“It is understood creating time for local government, industry stakeholders and concerned community members to make submissions was not part of the government’s original planning and the sheer number of submissions may have contributed to the review running late,” Senator McKenzie said.
Senator McKenzie said the Government needs to finalise the review and publicly release its recommendations to provide certainty for communities that long-awaited road and rail projects would go ahead.
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