Minister Bailey stumbles over Shore and Wellington Streets upgrade

The LNP Opposition has questioned the Labor state government about false claims made by the Member for Capalaba last week that ‘they have no plans’, and ‘have never heard of anything of the sort’ with regard to the upgrading of the Shore and Wellington Streets intersection in Cleveland.

Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson said the Minister stumbled embarrassingly when replying to a question from Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan during Estimates Committee hearings for the Energy, Water Supply, Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports portfolio on Thursday.

‘Unfortunately, Minister Bailey continues to be asleep at the wheel,’ Dr Robinson said.

‘Not so long ago, he did not know that Cleveland-Redland Bay Road existed.  Now, instead of being on top of what’s happening to improve safety conditions at one of the Redlands’ busiest and most dangerous intersections, all he could muster in reply was a few set lines about other roadways.’

Dr Robinson said the government should be ashamed that they are continuing to delay this much needed project, one that they themselves deemed a high priority many years ago.

‘There is no place for political scaremongering when it’s at the expense of safety improvements that will assist motorists, pedestrians and local businesses alike,’ he said.

‘The people of Cleveland, and indeed the greater Redlands, know the history of this intersection.  They have overwhelmingly welcomed the recent announcement by Federal Member for Bowman, Andrew Laming that the Federal government would commit $3.5 million to the project.’

‘The Minister said that he was happy to have a look at the matter.  With the federal funding available, I encourage him to do so as soon as possible.’

‘I look forward to all levels of government working together on this project to ensure the best and most timely outcome for the community,’ Dr Robinson said.

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