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Bailey’s Backlog Jeopardizing Road Safety

Thursday, 28 April 2022

The estimated cost of the deferred maintenance backlog for state roads has reached a massive $5.73 billion.

Today, Member for Glass House Andrew Powell brought LNP Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin to Glass House to see firsthand a number of crumbling roads in desperate need of maintenance.

The North Coast region alone has a deferred maintenance backlog of $875 million.

In the Glass House electorate, that means less money for maintenance on Maleny-Kenilworth Road from Maleny to Witta and at Cambroon, Maleny-Landsborough Road on the “climb” and upgrades to Steve Irwin Way.

“Every day my office receives calls from disgruntled road users wondering why these key connections are crumbling to pieces” said Mr Powell.

As part of Mr Minnikins trip to Glass House, special attention was paid to Maleny-Landsborough Road where drivers have to swerve between lanes to avoid several wide patches of deteriorated bitumen.

“Locals are rightly demanding the worst areas should have been patched by now particularly given the road started surface started sliding down the hill seven months ago.  Sure, there might need to be a more long-lasting resurfacing task required, but the road simply isn’t safe in the meantime,” said Mr Minnikin.

“While Cross River Rail – Labor’s ‘big black hole’ sucks up all the cash, road users outside of inner Brisbane are left to deal with more potholes, more dodgy bridges and more dangerous roads,” continued Mr Minnikin.

Lives and livelihoods are at risk with more regional roads falling into disrepair.

“The Labor government was warned by the Auditor-General three years ago that there were serious problems with Queensland’s roads,” said Mr Powell.

“There are no excuses. This government has completely lost control of road maintenance. The people of Glass House deserve more than Mark Bailey’s budget backlog.”

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