This week’s federal budget is another major boost for Sunshine Coast infrastructure with $172 million worth of new projects funded by the Morrison government, which will help secure our region’s recovery. The Morrison government is investing $160 million to transform the Mooloolah River interchange. The Queensland Labor government can’t do it on their own because they are absolutely hopeless. Anyone who travels to or from Mooloolaba on Nicklin Way or Sunshine Motorway would know that this section of road is an absolute deathtrap. This funding is going to get locals home sooner and safer, and boost the local economy with construction jobs now as well as provide a more attractive experience for tourists into the future.
The budget includes $7 million to extend Caloundra’s Third Avenue to Nicklin Way, forming a real solution to the gridlock around the Nicklin Way-Caloundra Road roundabout. I listened carefully to the community’s concerns about this project. However, I am now satisfied that, with this funding, we will preserve the character of the region while delivering a massive and long-awaited benefit for all Caloundra residents. This is another project that the Queensland Labor government couldn’t or wouldn’t fund without the federal government.
The budget also includes $5 million for a study to pave the way for further duplication of the North Coast rail line. This is another example of the Queensland Labor government being incapable of doing their own infrastructure projects.