House debates

Monday, 14 July 2014

Statements by Members

Longman Electorate: Road Funding

4:38 pm

Photo of Wyatt RoyWyatt Roy (Longman, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

() (): Along with my colleagues on this side of the House, I am proud to be part of a federal government that is making the single largest investment in infrastructure that our nation has ever seen. In the federal budget just handed down, we have seen a $50 billion investment in infrastructure across the country. What that means for locals in my electorate is more than $3.3 billion being spent on the Bruce Highway between Pine River and Gympie. That will make an enormous difference for the economic growth of our area and make life for our local community so much easier. What I am particularly proud of is the federal government's commitment to invest $16 million into D'Aguilar Highway, a deadly road in my local community that has cost far too many lives. In 2010 when I campaigned on this, members of the Labor Party said spending money on D'Aguilar Highway was too difficult and said it would cost too much. In the intervening years, we saw tragedy after tragedy. I am proud to stand in this place today as part of a federal coalition that is putting $16 million into the D'Aguilar Highway, funding that will make it safer and save lives and that will make life for so many people in my community easier. I want to particularly thank the state government for coming on board and value-adding. Hopefully, we might even see a passing lane on the D'Aguilar Highway soon. (Time expired)