House debates

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Statements by Members

Fairfax Electorate: Infrastructure

1:34 pm

Photo of Ted O'BrienTed O'Brien (Fairfax, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

COVID-19, Afghanistan, relations with China—Australia faces no shortage of challenges, but let me assure you that, despite our focus on some of these very big global issues, we are not taking our eye off the ball when it comes to progressing local things. On the Sunshine Coast, in particular, that includes infrastructure, for which our region has never been the recipient of so much federal funding than it is today. But there's no room for complacency, far from it. That's why we're delivering even more. Only two weeks ago we announced a major milestone with the awarding of a contract for early works construction on stage 1 of the Beerburrum to Nambour works on the north coast rail line—to a local business, no less. This week we hit a major milestone again, but this one on the Bruce Highway, on the Mons Road and Maroochydore Road interchange, with a service road bridge on the eastern side going over Eudlo Creek being delivered and completed. We continue to deliver locally because it means local jobs, it means creating opportunities, and it means helping the very people we come here to serve.