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POWELL MEDIA RELEASE – D’Aguilar Highway still a top priority (14 February 2011)

Shadow Cabinet Ministers converged on the Sunshine Coast today to discuss plans for the year ahead and hold deputations with locals and community groups.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, arranged for several deputations on important matters in the Glass House community.

“Deputations allow constituents the opportunity to discuss their concerns directly with the relevant Shadow Minister and are a great way of communicating the need to address particular issues within the community, ‘ said Mr Powell.

“I was fortunate to be able to arrange a deputation with the Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Ms Fiona Simpson MP, on behalf of the ‘D’Aguilar Highway Kills Fix it Now’ group, represented by Cr Adrian Raedel from the Moreton Bay Regional Council.”

“Cr Raedel and I have been lobbying for funding to upgrade the D’Aguilar Highway for several years now.  To date, both the State and Federal governments have shown little interest in getting this Highway upgraded to a safe standard for motorists,” said Mr Powell.

Cr Raedel has worked extensively with locals and the Council to petition the Government to fund the desperately needed road upgrades.

“The Moreton Bay Regional Council is considering undertaking a feasibility study to identify the areas of concern along the highway and possible solutions.  It’s hoped such a feasibility study could assist State Government to prioritise their investments in upgrading the Highway,” said Cr Raedel.

Both Mr Powell and Cr Raedel have now turned to the Opposition to seek a funding commitment going into the next election.

“We’ve seen enough death and trauma on this road, if we can get a funding commitment from the Opposition going into the next election then lets take it,” Cr Raedel stated.

“A submission was made to the Federal Government early last year seeking $12 million in safety improvements.  I am aware that the Federal Member for Longman, Mr Wyatt Roy has also followed this up with the Black Spot funding committee but no-one seems to be putting their hand into their wallets,” said Mr Powell.

“I am confident that our approaches to the LNP State Opposition and the work being undertaken by the Moreton Bay Regional Council will see a funding commitment for this highway reached soon,” Mr Powell concluded.

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