Plan for Mooloolah- River Interchange hospital road a ‘hoax’
THOSE who were holding out for the long-awaited Mooloolah River Interchange will not be pleased to hear the project has hit a major roadblock.
Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey has labelled the $440 million road project aimed at improving access to the new Kawana Hospital Precinct a "cruel hoax" carried out by the former Newman Government.
"It was another pie-in-the-sky unfunded promise by the LNP as part of their Strong Choices plan, a plan that they've since abandoned," Mr Bailey said.
"These funds for the interchange were totally reliant on the sale of public assets - it was a $440 million LNP election promise that would have required massive property resumptions.
"Again, it was a cruel hoax that has caused a lot of unnecessary angst and distress for residents who faced an uncertain future. Labor is committed to keeping public assets in public hands. Therefore, this project will not be proceeding at this time."
The news will come as some relief to Hideaway Waters residents, as their land was slated to be resumed for the project, although there will be plenty lamenting yet another setback to a major infrastructure improvement in the region.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said he was concerned at the lack of planning coming from the "Gordon-Palaszczuk Government" to properly service the state-of-the-art, new health precinct.
"We're very, very concerned there seems to be no real plan from the Gordon-Palaszczuk Government to properly service the transport and traffic needs for the new Sunshine Coast University Public Hospital when it opens towards the end of 2016," Mr Springborg said.