Queensland Government Caught Red-Handed Short-Changing Pumicestone

13 Jun 2018 5:00 PMSimone Wilson

The Queensland Government has been called out for short-changing Pumicestone residents by whopping $1 million on planning works for the upgrade to Bribie Island Road.

Member for Pumicestone, Simone Wilson, said the Minister for Main Roads must immediately explain to local residents where the money has gone.

“The Minister must detail where this lost funding has gone and in doing so, he must also explain why this planning project has been pushed out by another year to be finalised in 2020”, Ms Wilson said.

Ms Wilson said that these cuts were just the icing on the cake for Pumicestone residents, where other vital road upgrades, including Beachmere Road, were completely ignored in this year’s budget. 

“Whether it’s urgently upgrading Beachmere Road, the intersection of Old Toorbul Point Road and Bribie Island Road or installing much-needed traffic signals at the intersection of Spinnaker Drive and Bribie Island Road, this Premier has disregarded the taxpayers and residents of Pumicestone altogether.” 

Ms Wilson said it was beyond belief that the Premier would hand-select a Labor candidate for the last election who made upgrading local road infrastructure his number one priority, and then choose to wash her hands of it when it came to allocating Pumicestone its fair share in this year’s budget. 

“At the last election the Premier hand-picked Labor’s Michael Hoogwaerts to run for Pumicestone and in doing so she endorsed his publically stated “top priority” of upgrading our local road infrastructure. 

“So I ask, will Mr Hoogwaerts join me in condemning this Premier and her government for so blatantly failing Pumicestone residents?” 

“Will Mr Hoogwaerts be true to his word and now stand up to the Premier for improvements to our road infrastructure?”

Ms Wilson said that with Tuesday’s budget failure for Pumicestone she is determined to not let this go.

“I’ll continue to stand up and fight for Pumicestone so that we get the road upgrades that we so urgently need and deserve”.