An incoming Liberal Nationals Federal Government is committed to building the Toowoomba bypass and will provide $700 million to fund the project.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Warren Truss, today said that both he and Tony Abbott have been strong supports of the Toowoomba bypass, which has been championed by Federal Member for Groom, Ian Macfarlane, ever since he was elected to Parliament.
“When the Coalition was last in Government we funded the planning of the project, acquisition of the land, and the drilling of the test tunnel,” Mr Truss said.
“If elected to Government at the forthcoming election, the Coalition will commence construction on the project by Christmas by next year.”
The project will be funded in partnership with the Queensland Government and the private sector.
“Funding for the next stages of the project is expected to come mainly from private sector investors and infrastructure providers,” Mr Truss said.
“Election costings released yesterday include only the Commonwealth’s next stage contributions over the forward estimates. The balance of our $700 million commitment will be provided as the project requires.
“The project is expected to take five years to construct with the majority of the project costs being funded in the latter stages outside of the forward estimates period.
“It remains the Coalition’s objective to complete the Toowoomba bypass project by 2019.”
FEDERAL ELECTION OFFERS CLEAREST CHOICE
Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the election is a clear choice between more of the same from Labor and real change from the Coalition.
“The choice between the major parties could not be clearer”, Mr Macfarlane said.
“At this election, the Coalition offers strong, experienced and stable Government, a stronger economy, stronger borders, a stronger Australia and a better future – for all Australians.
“Labor is offering just more of the same: more talk, more chaos, more division, more debt, more deficits and more taxes.
“Only the Coalition can form the strong, stable Government to deliver a stronger economy with more jobs, real help for families and small business, lower taxes and secure borders.
“We are getting a positive response in Toowoomba and on the Darling Downs, as well as throughout Australia – people want a Government that can deliver more jobs and a stronger economy”
Mr Macfarlane said the Real Solutions Plan lays down 10 clear actions that we will take which will make our country stronger and families more secure:
- We will build a stronger, more diverse economy with lower taxes, less waste.
- We will get the Budget back under control
- Help families get ahead by freeing them from the carbon tax
- Help small businesses grow by reducing business costs
- Build a Five-Pillar economy
- Generate one million new jobs over the next five years and two million new jobs within 10 years
- Build more modern infrastructure to get things moving
- Deliver better health and education services – with local communities in charge
- Build a 15,000-strong Green Army to clean-up the environment
- The boats will stop – with tough, proven measures not talk from proven boat failures.
“It is only by voting for the Coalition that our community can get a strong voice in a better Government.”