JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
Friday, 14 August 2015
Peter Dutton MP Federal Member for Dickson
Luke Howarth MP Federal Member for Petrie
Wyatt Roy MP Federal Member for Longman
Mal Brough MP Federal Member for Fisher
Senator James McGrath
MPs launch petition to Boost the Bruce
Five Coalition parliamentarians have ramped up their Boost the Bruce campaign with a new website featuring an online petition.
Federal Members Peter Dutton (Dickson) Luke Howarth (Petrie), Wyatt Roy (Longman), Mal Brough (Fisher) and Queensland Liberal Senator James McGrath are pushing for the Bruce Highway to be widened to at least six lanes between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
They also want to see the Gateway Motorway improved from Deagon Deviation to the Bruce Highway, saying both upgrades would help bust costly and frustrating congestion.
A third focus is on reducing or eliminating the impacts of Bruce Highway flooding between Caboolture and Steve Irwin Way, particularly at King John Creek, Lagoon Creek and Six Mile Creek.
Mr Roy said the public could now join the campaign by signing the petition at www.boostthebruce.com.au
“This is an exciting development and we’re encouraging everybody to jump online and fight for these vital improvements,” Mr Roy said.
“The end game is to lobby our Commonwealth colleagues and the state government to fund the work.
“Boost the Bruce signals a long-term vision and the potential for serious cooperation across government. We are offering to work constructively with the state government to find the resources to make this project a reality.”
Mr Dutton, the government’s Immigration and Border Protection Minister, agreed.
“For all of us who travel the Bruce Highway, we want to save time driving to work and to get home quicker to our kids than we can at the moment,” he said.
“That’s why we need to boost the Bruce.”
Mr Howarth said: “We’re committed to delivering better infrastructure and boosting the Bruce for residents in our electorates.”
Mr Brough added: “And now there’s something everyone can do: head to boostthebruce.com.au and sign the petition. Let’s work together to make the Bruce work for all of us.”
Nambour-based Senator McGrath said Boost the Bruce should become the “number one priority” for the Liberal National Party.
He said the groundwork had been laid for the project’s key elements with an $8 million commitment from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and state Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey to prepare a planning, design and cost assessment.
The widening proposal would grow the Bruce Highway from four lanes to at least six on the 38km section between Caloundra and Caboolture before linking with the existing six lanes through to Brisbane.
The federal government is providing $6.4 million towards the study, with the state tipping in $1.6 million.
Mr Roy said the Boost the Bruce package would come on top of the current $8.5 billion Bruce Highway upgrade, $3.3 billion of which was being invested between Pine Rivers and Gympie.
Construction is also expected to start later this year on a four to six-lane expansion of the Gateway Motorway between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge.
The federal government has a $929 million investment in the Gateway Upgrade North project, with the state government providing $232 million.
John Wiseman (for Mr Dutton): (02) 6277 7860
Zuzanna Kamusinski (for Mr Howarth): 0421 105 795
Matt Fynes-Clinton (for Mr Roy): 0421 059 438
Annette Howarth (for Mr Brough): (07) 5493 5556
Senator James McGrath: (07) 5441 1800