- LNP Government will build the Sumners Road overpass after three years of lobbying from local MP Tarnya Smith
- Annastacia Palaszczuk has had three years to fund and build this overpass and in true Labor style has done nothing
- Only the LNP will build the roads, bridges and dams Queensland needs to Build a Better Queensland
A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Party Government will build the Sumners Road overpass upgrade to ease local congestion and improve traffic flow on the Centenary Motorway.
LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said it was only the LNP’s local MP Tarnya Smith who had been advocating for an upgrade to Sumners Road for years.
“True to style, Annastacia Palaszczuk has had three years to build this critical upgrade but has done nothing,” Mr Nicholls said.
“Today’s announcement from Labor rings hollow – with no funding in the budget and on the eve of an election, locals have to wonder whether Annastacia Palaszczuk actually plans to follow through with construction.
“In Annastacia Palaszczuk’s three budgets there has been no funding to duplicate the Sumners Road overpass. In fact, the only local MP talking about Sumners Road has been Tarnya Smith despite the fact that commuters from the Premier’s own electorate are affected by the bottle neck.
“Not only is Annastacia Palaszczuk a do-nothing Premier but she’s also a do-nothing Member for Inala.
“It’s because of Tarnya’s hard work that a Nicholls LNP Government will fund and build the road upgrade.
“Only the LNP will build the roads, bridges and dams Queensland needs to Build a Better Queensland.”
Mr Nicholls said Annastacia Palaszczuk needed to stop the pre-election games and come clean with Queenslanders by naming the election date and instead of using taxpayer funds to campaign across the state.
LNP Mount Ommaney MP Tarnya Smith said together with locals she had been fighting to get the upgrade funded for years.
“Today is a victory for residents and local businesses who have to sit in traffic for hours on end because of the lack action from the Palaszczuk Government,” Ms Smith said.
“Since I was elected in 2012 this has been my number one priority. I have campaigned, spoken to local residents, commuters and businesses and submitted petitions to the Parliament asking for this overpass to be built.
“I have fought side-by-side with fed-up locals in Mount Ommaney and the Centenary suburbs to deliver this upgrade and I’m glad we’ve finally won.”