Federal govt rejects Coomera Connector from infrastructure priority list

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.

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Given how Bailey has completely screwed up tge Oxenford interchange who in their right mind would contribute a penny to any project he or Palazcuk government is involved in.
Same with Paradise Dam yet another stunning Labor government infrastructure failure…Traveston Dam..the list is endless.. they hsve no idea how to run a project of this scale.

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You’re acting as if the Liberals are any better. One quick look at literally any project the Liberals have been apart of, and it makes Labor look like angels who have come down from heaven. Rather than blaming Labor, blame the entirety of our inefficient government. At least Labor has their heart in their chests whereas the Liberals have their hearts in corporate investment funds.

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two wings of the same bird, you’re playing the blame game.

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I’d prefer other options get explored first, but that’s just me because I’d have to live next to the motorway. So Mark Bailey, you can remain shocked. :-O Probably asking for $2B in assistance, when in reality, it will need near twice that.

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The residents of Eagleby and surrounds have been trying to get this road moved away from the special wetlands to further east but the Qld Govt ,without consultation , gazetted the shortest, most environmentally worst, route. This is the best news for ages.

Scott
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Best decision ever. The government (either side of politics is just as bad) as per usual looks to build another road rather than fixing the one we already have. The problem with the existing m1 like all major Queensland roads is you can’t get on, can’t get off and can’t get across it. And they then force cars down inadequate side roads to poorly planned interchanges like Oxenford and Coomera which are all lights and no action. If Mark was doing his job properly he wouldn’t be shocked or stunned. Fixing the choke points rather than building yet another road… Read more »