“The announcement by Wyatt Roy, LNP Member for Longman, that he will commit funding for repairs to the D’Aguilar Highway should the Abbott Coalition Government be elected on 7 September, is music to my ears.
“There has been a collective fight for this funding from all levels of Government for many years and to have Mr Roy confirm this as part of his promise to the electorates of Longman and in turn that of Glass House, just goes to show what can be achieved with hard work and perseverance.
“Whilst this won’t completely address the resurfacing and rehabilitation of the Highway between the Gamgee Road intersections, the contribution to the intersection upgrade will reduce the overall price tag. And I reassure the community that I remain dedicated to sourcing the funding for this much needed works.
“All of the projects that Mr Roy has earmarked for funding will have a positive impact on the surrounding community and will ensure that the safety of motorists travelling the D’Aguilar Highway remains a top priority.” Mr Powell concluded
ENDS – 28 August 2013
Wyatt Roy Media Release
28 August 2013
Roy secures $16 million to fix the D’Aguilar Highway
Federal MP for Longman Wyatt Roy has announced a $16 million investment to fix the most dangerous black spots on the D’Aguilar Highway.
Speaking at one of the areas to be upgraded – the Gamgee Road intersection at Wamuran – Mr Roy said the Federal Labor Government had refused to act on the highway despite its history of accidents, near-misses and community concern.
“In the lead-up to the 2010 Federal Election, I stood on this spot and declared the Coalition’s resolve to reduce the tragedies occurring on the D’Aguilar Highway – pledging a multi-million-dollar commitment of black spot funding,” Mr Roy said.
“I have since persistently lobbied the Labor Government for three years to prioritise this work but my calls have fallen on deaf ears. Labor has chosen to ignore our region.
“In the meantime, the highway’s deterioration and inherent dangers have only got worse.
“If a Coalition government is elected on September 7, we will fund these vital upgrades. Locals and travellers won’t be waiting any longer. The D’Aguilar Highway will – at last – be made safer.”
Shadow Attorney-General and Queensland Senator George Brandis, who joined Mr Roy for the announcement, said the Member for Longman had fought hard to secure the Coalition funding.
“Wyatt has been a strong and determined voice for his community in advocating the need for these upgrades,” Senator Brandis said.
“And the Coalition has listened and responded to the concerns. We keenly acknowledge the need for safety improvements on this highway in an effort to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries.”
The Coalition’s $16 million investment will improve visibility, construct new turning lanes and guard rails, upgrade intersections and drainage and improve line markings.
Six of the worst traffic black spots on the highway – identified in consultation with the Queensland Government – have been earmarked for the urgent work.
The Coalition’s D’Aguilar Highway safety package will deliver:
- Gamgee Road intersection upgrade: providing a channelized right turn (short) lane
- Improved visibility between Alzino Quarry and Turnbull Road by cutting back existing vegetation to increase sight lines
- Safety upgrades between King Street and Bracalba Quarry: this project will include installing additional guardrails and clearing vegetation to improve sight lines
- Mylett Road to Wararba Creek upgrade: improvements to drainage works
- Canando Street intersection upgrade: providing channelized right turn (short) and auxiliary left turn lanes
- King Street to Kilcoy visibility upgrade: vegetation clearing, improved signage and line markings
Senator Brandis said the Coalition was committed to fixing the D’Aguilar Highway.
“Only Wyatt Roy, as a member of a strong and united Coalition team, can deliver the upgrades needed to make the D’Aguilar Highway safer,” he said.