With one week to the Federal Budget Queensland is upping the pressure.
They want Canberra to support Brisbane’s cross river rail link demanding proper cost sharing, for the huge infrastructure project.
Emily Kuehner reports.
The Palaszczuk Government has committed $850 million to the rail link, and is calling on Malcolm Turnbull to at least match their funding.
The Shadow Minister for Infrastructure agrees, saying South East Queenslanders are not demanding anything more than what they’re entitled to.
Anthony Albanese, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure: “This project must be in next week’s budget, brought down by Scott Morrison and Malcolm Turnbull if the Government is to have a shred of credibility.”
The Treasurer Scott Morrison and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have hinted that the budget will address major projects in this state.
Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister:”We are putting an enormous amount of resources into infrastructure in Queensland.”
Mr Turnbull says it is up to the Queensland Government to prove the project would be good debt.
If it goes ahead, the 10km project will link Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, through the CBD.
Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier: “The benefits of the Cross River Rail are a no brainer. For Brisbane, in the 21st century, we need more than one rail crossing for our booming population.”
Lauren Ritchie, Spokeswoman, RACQ: “If we don’t have enough funding from both levels of Government, this is just a pipe-dream. We’re not going to see this piece of infrastructure, which is highly needed in Brisbane, to get our congestion levels down.”
The Merivale Bridge remains Brisbane’s only cross river rail link.
Built nearly 40 years ago, all parties agree that the growing city is in desperate need of a second crossing.
All will be revealed on Tuesday night.
Emily Kuehner, QUT News.