The Federal Liberal National Government has committed $8 million to the Howard Creek causeway upgrade, on Tamborine-Oxenford Road, part of a broader $415 million joint investment in Queensland infrastructure.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz said this was a win for Queensland and importantly, a win for the people of Tamborine Mountain.
“This has been a project long awaited by residents on the Mountain.
“In times of heavy rain and localised flooding, the Howard Creek crossing on Tamborine – Oxenford Road becomes completely submerged, and therefore closed to motorists and cyclists.
“For the many locals that need to travel to the Gold Coast, for work, school, medical appointments or simply leisure – they have to then find an alternate route,” Mr Buchholz said.
“The Liberal National Federal Government’s investment of $8 million funds 80 per cent of the upgrade costs for this vital piece of infrastructure.
State Member for Scenic Rim, Jon Krause said he had been fighting alongside his coast colleagues Mark Boothman and Michael Crandon for this upgrade.
“Whenever I mention Howard Creek crossing to people on the Mountain, they know right away that it needs work. This is a great outcome for all those residents.
I am always fighting for our fair share for our region. The LNP’s local MPs together have worked hard to ensure the Queensland Government has this project ‘shovel ready’ – and that’s why it is fantastic to see the LNP Federal Government supporting Tamborine Mountain,” Mr Krause said.
“Who knows how long we would have waited for the State to fund this project, with Labor’s $5 billion backlog of works that need doing on Queensland roads after a generation of failure to invest and manage our finances?”
Mr Buchholz said this funding formed part of the Morrison Governments $1.5 billion infrastructure stimulus package, to support jobs and the economy through the coronavirus pandemic.
“Under this package, Queensland receives a significant $324.34 million boost to road investment. Our Government is committed to delivering better, safer roads in Queensland to get locals home to their families, sooner and safer.” Mr Buchholz said.
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