No plans for tolls on new road
CONCERNS a toll road was set to be installed as part of the Mooloolah River Interchange have been quashed.
After a question was tabled by Buderim MP Steve Dickson calling on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to guarantee no toll road, the response from the State Government was swift.
A spokesman for the Palaszczuk Government yesterday afternoon ruled out any possibility of a toll road on the proposed $440 million project which would service the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital, labelling Mr Dickson's claims as "unfounded".
Mr Dickson tabled the question on notice in Parliament earlier this week, concerned there was a move underway to include a toll with the crucial stretch of road once constructed.
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey yesterday declared there was "no plans" to put a toll on the Mooloolah River Interchange by the State Government.
"There are a number of options being looked at, including an upgrade of the Mooloolah River interchange, a land-based road crossing over the Mooloolah River to Kawana Way, and duplication of the Sunshine Mwy between Kawana Way and the interchange," Mr Bailey said.
Mr Bailey also pointed out the taskforce he established to manage any teething problems for the transport network around the new hospital had met late last month and would be meeting again in the coming weeks.
"The only person who's even putting tolls and the Mooloolah River Interchange in the same sentence is the Member for Buderim, Steve Dickson," Mr Bailey said.
The Minister said the Department of Transport and Main Roads was working to finalise the planning for the much-needed infrastructure.
In the meantime, Mr Bailey explained 19 intersections on Kawana Way had been equipped with Emergency Vehicle Priority technology which would be operating prior to the hospital's opening later this year.
Mr Dickson yesterday reiterated the need for the road network to be delivered, recalling the failed push for toll roads on the Coast in years past.
"I do not want to see toll roads on the Coast full stop," he said.