House debates

Thursday, 29 October 2020

Statements by Members

Wide Bay Electorate: Roads

1:33 pm

Photo of Llew O'BrienLlew O'Brien (Wide Bay, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

LNP Maryborough candidate Denis Chapman's petition calling for a four-lane Tiaro bypass has attracted more than 1,200 signatures. Denis has worked with me to highlight why the Tiaro bypass should be done right first time and why it should be four lanes. We want heavy industry and manufacturing in Maryborough to provide local jobs, but to achieve that vision we need a highway with the capacity to carry machinery, products and people as quickly—and, most importantly, safely—as possible. That's why everyone who has signed Denis Chapman's petition rejects the inferior two-lane proposal that the Queensland government has put forward and instead calls on us to support a four-lane Tiaro bypass. A four-lane divided bypass will safely move motor vehicles—trucks, caravans and wide loads—into the future so all road users will know that highway will be a safe as possible. Deb Frecklington's LNP team and Denis Chapman have committed to four-lane the Bruce Highway, including the Tiaro bypass.

Thanks to everyone who signed Denis Chapman's petition. I will send it to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development for his consideration and response. If you live in Maryborough and you want a four-lane bypass around Tiaro, vote for the LNP's Denis Chapman.