Govt hits back on Cooroy to Curra

Building of Section B of the Cooroy to Curra upgrade has begun but construction of Section A won't begin until at least 2015.
Building of Section B of the Cooroy to Curra upgrade has begun but construction of Section A won't begin until at least 2015. Contributed

THE State Government has hit back at claims by the LNP that the Cooroy to Curra stretch is only half-done - saying it's half-way through the planned project.

LNP Parliamentary Leader Jeff Seeney, who inspected the site today, said Labor had spent $250 million to replace the notorious section, but the new road was standing half-finished after more than a year.

“A bucket-load of taxpayers’ money has been spent, but motorists are still driving on a dangerous side-track waiting for the job to be finished.

“It’s an absolute disgrace and so typical of this long-term Labor government’s failure to properly plan and deliver any major project on time and on-budget.”

Mr Seeney said the Bligh government had the money in the budget for the past two years but had failed to spend it to finish the Cooroy to Curra section.

“In 2009-10, Labor failed to spend $152 million they had in the budget for this section and then again in 2010-11, they failed to spend $182 million in the budget, again for this section.

“It’s a complete waste of time for the Minister and the Premier to keep putting these figures in the budget but then not spend the money to complete the job.

Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said he was amazed that Mr Seeney had inspected the roadworks and learned so little.

"Section B of the Cooroy to Curra section of the Bruce Highway is now past the half way mark and is on the home stretch.

"It is not half-finished, it is half way through the planned project.

"The former Howard Government spent $10 million on Cooroy to Curra and did not move one shovelfull of dirt. We have spent $688 million and have moved five million square metres of earth.

"Section B (Sankeys Road to Traveston Road) continues to power ahead with the first two construction contracts wrapping up in November 2010 on time and under budget.

"Construction is now underway on the final two major construction contracts.

"Section B has always been, and still is, on track for completion in 2012, weather permitting.''

Topics:  bruce highway cooroy to curra

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