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Powell Media Release – Glass House Budget Priority List (8 June 2011)

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, will be watching with keen anticipation as the Bligh Labor Government hands down the state’s budget next week.

“Overall the Glass House electorate was let down by the state government in last year’s budget allocation.  I’m expecting better this year.

“Top of my priority list is without question funding for the North Coast Rail Duplication.  The news last year that continuation of the duplication from Beerburrum to Nambour had been delayed until 2031 was a major blow to commuters.

“This vital infrastructure is the centerpiece of our region’s public transport network and if the Sunshine Coast is to accommodate an expanding population the Bligh Labor Government must allocate funding to restart this project now!

“Another priority, this time in the southern part of the electorate, is the need to fund upgrades to the D’Aguilar Highway.  A funding submission has been put to the ‘Black Spot Funding’ program and requests for an update on the submission have gone unanswered from both State and Federal Governments.

“Funding is also desperately needed to see the commencement of immediate upgrades to the Reed Street and Steve Irwin Way intersection at Glasshouse Mountains.  This dangerous intersection serves as the only access in and out of the township and it’s many residential communities.  The Department of Main Roads has just completed a planning study but as for when construction might start is anyone’s guess.

“And the Maleny-Kenilworth Road, and Grigor Bridge at Conondale, also features prominently in terms of infrastructure investment needed in the electorate.”

“Finally, more investment in our local sporting facilities and assistance to ease cost of living pressures are also areas that should be addressed by the government in the coming budget.  Our families and our communities should not be forgotten by this government.

“It’s plain to see that this priority list demonstrates the need to invest in infrastructure projects that will ensure our community can grow and prosper effectively into the future.

“The Coast can’t continue to be neglected – I look forward to government’s response,” Mr Powell concluded.

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