Progress on the Coomera Connector has stalled this morning, with the project shunned from the federal government’s infrastructure priority list.
The decision’s been slammed by the state government, which has already begun a business case on the project and considered thousands of opinions from northern Gold Coasters.
The annual infrastructure priority list has instead included projects like the Light Rail Stage 3A and M1 upgrades between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill and Varsity Lakes to Tugun as part of its five year plan in southeast Queensland.
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But Queensland’s Transport Minister Mark Bailey told myGC he’s ‘absolutely stunned and shocked’ that the second M1 (Coomera Connector) didn’t get a mention.
“I’m shocked to hear that the federal government Infrastructure Australia Agency has left off the Coomera Connector, and rejected it from their infrastructure priority list.
“The Palaszczuk government is very committed to getting the Second M1 built, we’ve been doing consultation, the preparation work is being done, but it does need federal support to get funded and get done.
“So this is really disappointing to see the federal government rejecting putting it on the priority list.
The state government says it will continue preparing the business case and planning for the project, but unless the federal government changes its tune – the project won’t get off the ground.
“There will be some federal government funds that kick in for the business case, the business case is currently being entirely funded by the Palaszczuk government.
“But we need this listed as an infrastructure priority, by the federal government’s Infrastructure Australia Agency, and to see them reject it, I’m absolutely stunned and shocked.
“It’s a very, very bad decision and one that they’re going to have to review,” Minister Bailey said.
For more information about the federal government’s infrastructure priority list, click here.