AS the state election draws closer the candidates answer the next question on infrastructure.
Question: What would be your priorities for infrastructure for your electorate and why?
THE Glass House electorate has experienced steady growth, with many new families choosing to settle in this beautiful part of the state.
Population growth needs to be sustained with the appropriate infrastructure so the key projects I'm fighting for pertain to health, education, public transport and roads. Our growing region needs the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and ongoing upgrades to Caboolture Hospital. We need new and expanded schools, including years 11 and 12 at Woodford.
We need the duplication of the North Coast rail through to Landsborough and Nambour and new trial Translink bus services to Caboolture North. And we need investment in our roads - especially the D'Aguilar Hwy, Bruce Hwy and Steve Irwin Way.
I have been championing these causes over the past three years and will continue to do so into the future.
I AM committed to delivering real results for local people.
My record shows that I have worked hard to deliver a new police station at Burpengary, more car parking at Burpengary and Morayfield train stations, a new kindy at Narangba, new buildings at all local schools, new sporting infrastructure for many of our local sports clubs and more social housing for vulnerable people.
My efforts on behalf of our community have also seen progress made towards the delivery of the Narangba Hard Rock Haulage Route (which will see quarry trucks off residential roads in Narangba) and construction start on the $153m upgrade of Morayfield Rd and the $26million upgrade of Narangba Train Station. Only I have the record, knowledge, passion and vision to see these projects through to completion. These projects are not just providing the infrastructure our community needs today and tomorrow.
These projects are also supporting jobs and stimulating economic activity for local businesses and people.
WE ARE one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland and infrastructure in our region is a major priority. We need to get value for money and end this government's terrible waste. Labor has short-changed all 89 seats in Queensland, not just Morayfield, through a critical underinvestment in basic infrastructure. It's not good enough to turn around after 20 years and start promising the world just because an election is due in March.
Locally we are committed to fixing the mess our roads are in, including the Morayfield Rd upgrade. We are also committed to improving the public transport network. While Labor has been cutting services I've been working with the local community to keep them open.
We will be releasing our infrastructure projects in coming weeks. But, unlike Labor, who are all talk and no action, the LNP's will be fully costed and deliverable.
I AM finding increasing road congestion to be a problem as many of us need to travel increasing distances for work.
Congestion has a real cost to society's hip-pocket, with the RACQ putting a figure for Queensland close to $2billion/yr rising to $3 billion by 2020. I struggle through it nearly every day all the way in to the city and back, and I can tell you that there is no viable public transport option that could make enough difference. I can see no way we can reduce the numbers of cars. We must fast-track improvements.
IF ELECTED, I'd work with Campbell Newman to deliver better infrastructure and better planning so we can keep the character of our region but still have the facilities we deserve.
It's amazing that this Labor government has racked up close to $85 billion in debt, yet our community has a hospital that can't keep up with its needs, a major shortage of parking at Caboolture Train Station and CBD, half an electorate that gets stranded every time we have a high tide during a rain event and a bridge in need of an upgrade.
It's about time we got the infrastructure we deserve. Locally, I will work with Campbell Newman to focus on supporting the upgrade of the Bruce Hwy, fighting for a feasibility study on the duplication of the Bribie Bridge so we can budget and plan for its upgrade, continue to fight for a Park and Ride at Caboolture Station and a pontoon for the popular Toorbul boat ramp.
The only way to get decent infrastructure is to vote for a stable government in the LNP.
MY infrastructure priorities continue to be health, education and roads.
Road priorities include; ongoing flood-proofing Bribie Island Rd, completing the upgrade from Saint Rd to the Bruce Hwy, completing the new roundabout at Old Toorbul Point Rd, and widening King St to ease peak-hour traffic.
Health priorities include continuing to expand Caboolture Hospital - adding to our new Children's Ward, Mental Health Hospital and Training Centre. Continuing work on the Health Hub and GP Super Clinic to take pressure off the Hospital, and expanding our ambulance services. Education priority is ongoing support for the growth of our schools and kindies. Other priorities include continuing to investigate new emergency services to cater for growth around Ningi/ Sandstone Point.
I FEEL one of the most important pieces of infrastructure that is needed in Caboolture is car parking for both workers in the CBD and rail commuters. I would propose a multi-level car park and transit centre that caters for local and long distance buses. I also envisage a commercial development built above the car park.
I will consider a number of options to ensure all weather road access to Bribie after recent flooding blocked some roads within the electorate.
MANY infrastructure projects are currently under way that will make a significant difference to the lives of my constituents.
The long-awaited rail line from Petrie to Kippa-Ring has been budgeted for by three levels of government through to commencement.
From 2016, my constituents will be able to catch the train to the city, alleviating pressure on our road networks and providing many positive benefits to the environment.
The Rothwell Roundabout is being upgraded. Mango Hill State School has just opened. A new bus interchange will open at North Lakes, as will a new ambulance station. We already have the Health Hub and the police station at North Lakes. I am proud of the massive extent of the new infrastructure that has gone in and is still going into our region.
RESPONSIBILITY for all election material in this newspaper is taken by editor Cath Fouracre on 07 5490 1414 or email email@example.com or at 8/22 King St Caboolture.
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