Kim Stephens reports in the Brisbane Times (13.3.16) on the government's release of its long-awaited infrastructure plan. Amid budget constraints and uncertainty over federal government co-funding, the $500 million plan for accelerated capital works was described by Deputy Premier Jackie Trad as a 'downpayment' on future projects.
'A notorious Pacific Motorway traffic choke point has been prioritised for a $210 million dollar upgrade by the State Government, as part of a new state infrastructure fund announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Sunday.
'But the project remains dependent on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull coming to the party with nearly $170 million to get it off the ground.
'The southbound merge of the Pacific and Gateway motorways, which regularly creates a congestion nightmare for Gold Coast bound motorists, is one of seven priority projects announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, as part of their newly unveiled $500 million state infrastructure fund.'