Bypass tops budget wish list
IT’S been more than 10 years, but the Toowoomba Bypass still tops the Garden City’s wish list when it comes to the Federal Budget.
The city’s political leaders were yesterday unanimous in supporting the dire need for the bypass ahead of the release of the Labor government’s budget on Tuesday.
Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said an almost deadly traffic crash on the Range yesterday underlined the need for the project to be completed.
“At the top of our list would be a commitment to start construction on the second Range crossing,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“If (the Coalition) wins at the next election we’ll start construction.
“But the people of Toowoomba need this work to start now.”
Mayor Peter Taylor agreed.
“There’s no doubt the biggest issue locally is the Warrego Highway upgrade, including the Toowoomba Bypass,” Cr Taylor said.
Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce president Geoff McDonald and even the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry president David Goodwin were also outspoken about the region’s desperate need for a bypass.
“To attract private money that will bring this project to fruition both State and Federal governments need to financially commit to the project — next week it is the federal treasurer’s opportunity to show the leadership required for this national highway to be built,” Mr McDonald said.
Mr Goodwin said the project was among the top funding priorities in Queensland.
Mr McDonald and Cr Taylor also highlighted the need for funding to help the region recover from this year’s devastating floods.