M1 ignored as Federal Government splash $150 million on QLD highway

The Pacific Motorway has been overlooked by the Prime Minister, with the Federal Government planning to spend $150 million on fixing the Bruce Highway.

The Prime Minister said the Federal Government will pay for 80 per cent of the development, with the Queensland State Government chipping in the rest.

Malcolm Turnbull announced the funding for the Murrumba Downs section of highway on Tuesday.


This particular section sits in Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s electorate.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads told MyGC it’s typical of the Turnbull Government to spend money where they have marginal seats.

“I just don’t understand why they don’t like funding on the Gold Coast, they keep ignoring us,” he said.

“I think it’s got everything to do with (helping Peter Dutton), the Turnbull government are happy to throw money at marginal seats.”

Mr Turnbull knocked back these concerns during his press conference, saying the Bruce Highway is a national highway, which is why the Federal Government will pay 80 per cent.

The Prime Minister explained that for local “more built-up areas” such as the Pacific Motorway, the funding model is 50/50.

However, Minister Bailey said this isn’t correct.

The Minister added the State Government has already developed a plan for the M1.

“The Palasczcuk government have got $206 million on the table for six lanes on the Pacific Motorway from Brisbane to the New South Wales border, so far we’ve got zero commitment from the Federal Government,” he said.

“It’s time they started treating the Gold Coast seriously.”