Mark Robinson, Member for Oodgeroo today accused the Palaszczuk Labor Government of the road safety failure of Cleveland and Redlands people during Road Safety Week.
“It is a disgrace that during Road Safety Week this Labor Government is playing politics with the lives of Cleveland and Redland motorists and pedestrians by calling a dangerous local intersection safe just to save funds,” Dr Robinson said.
“The intersection of Shore and Wellington Streets has needed urgent upgrading for safety reasons since 2008 and local seniors, motorists, the Cleveland High School community and small businesses, among others have been calling for signalising for the last 10 years.
“The LNP has committed $8.5 million to upgrade the intersection between the LNP Federal Government($3.5 million) and State Opposition ($5 million). It’s time for Labor to match the LNPs commitment and remove their road blocks to this road safety project during Road Safety Week, Dr Robinson said.
“In 2008, the Bligh Government assessed the intersection as unsafe, inadequate and in need of urgent upgrade and as a result conducted a business case, completed the design work, consulted with local stakeholders and budgeted for the construction. When Labor lost the seat of Cleveland (now Oodgeroo) in 2009, the funds disappeared and I have been fighting ever since to get them back.
“So Labor is misleading the public when they say that the intersection never needed upgrading, wasn’t considered for upgrading in 2008 and doesn’t need it now. *
“If the intersection needed upgrading in 2008, how can the Minister argue that it doesn’t need it now, when today there are thousands more cars that cross it. The location is also extremely dangerous for pedestrians, mainly residents of nearby retirement villages, workers and students trying to access local schools.
“Labor has known the intersection needed upgrading for safety reasons since 2008, as former Roads Minister Craig Wallace admitted, yet they now refuse to make the road safe.
“Today, instead of getting on with signalising the intersection, the Minister claims a secret study suddenly shows the intersection is 'adequate' and doesn’t need funding.
“So I challenge the Palaszczuk Government to stop the lies, release the secret study, accept the LNPs Federal funding and make the intersection safe.