QUEENSLAND Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey has hit back at LNP deputy leader Tim Mander over funding for North Coast Rail duplication.
QUEENSLAND Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey has hit back at LNP deputy leader Tim Mander over funding for North Coast Rail duplication. Patrick Woods

Bailey hits back over rail funding

THE Federal Government's commitment to the North Coast Rail duplication was only $195 million over the next four years, well short of the 80:20 split detailed in the National Land Transport Network Agreement, Queensland's Transport and Main Roads Minister has claimed.

Responding to criticism from Deputy LNP Opposition leader Tim Mander, Mr Bailey said during the same time the Palaszczuk Government had committed $160 million.

He said the Beerburrum to Nambour duplication went nowhere under the LNP government.

It was a bit rich, Mr Bailey said, for Mr Mander to claim the State Government was holding the job up.

"This project wouldn't be under way without the Palaszczuk Government completing the business case after years of LNP inaction,” he said.

"The Palaszczuk Government completed the business case and I recently approved the gazettal of land requirements.”

Mr Bailey said funding on the table totalled more than $550 million allowing detailed design work to begin, to be followed by the start of construction.

"We're committed to spending most of our $160.8 million contribution to the Beerburrum to Nambour project in the next four years,” he said.

"The Turnbull Government plans to spend just over half of its $390 million commitment over the same period.

"We're still waiting for the Turnbull Government to front up with their fair share for this project under the 80:20 funding split outlined in the National Land Transport Network Agreement.”

He said to date the Federal Government had only offered 50:50 funding.

Mr Bailey dismissed as laughable the suggestion that the Palaszczuk Government was failing to create jobs on the Sunshine Coast, describing it as just as off-track as Mr Mander's comments on the rail duplication.

"No doubt he passed the Bruce Highway upgrade from Caloundra Rd to the Sunshine Motorway on his way to the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce meeting this week,” he said. 

"The Palaszczuk Government has committed $162 million to that project alongside the Federal Government's contribution. 

"It is a once in a generation upgrade generating hundreds of jobs for the Sunshine Coast.”



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