EXCLUSIVE: State Government hopeful new Federal Ministers will ease M1 woes

The Queensland State Government is hopeful a newly appointed, “next generation” of Cabinet Ministers will pay more attention to the Gold Coast’s most congested roads.

The Coast is highly represented in Scott Morrison’s Cabinet with Karen Andrews, Steven Ciobo, Stuart Robert and Scott Buchholz.

Mr Buchholz has been upgraded from the backbench and is now the Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport.


Queensland’s Minister for Main Roads and Transport, Mark Bailey, is hopeful Mr Buchholz will pay more attention to the roads in his home State.

“Canberra has had a very poor record with roads in Queensland over the last few years, in particular, the M1,” he told MyGC.

“We’ve seen it funded 80 per cent in New South Wales, but somehow we only get 50 per cent funding.

“I think, with the new Ministry, we’re going to see a genuine fresh start and I’m hopeful Queensland gets its fair funding.”

Currently, under the State Government, there are upgrades underway on the M1, but there is still no information on when the $2.4 billion Coomera Connector will be started.

Minister Bailey added he understands locals are frustrated.

“Infrastructure in parts of the Northern Gold Coast need to be completed, and this will be discussed when Mr Buchholz gives me a call,” he said.