Road resumptions halted: Labor axes $440m road plans
THE new Labor Government has scrapped plans to build the $440 million Mooloolah River Interchange, which would have required the resumption of at least 90 homes.
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey told the Daily late last night the project, announced by Campbell Newman as an election commitment in August last year, would no longer go ahead.
"I''m advised by the director general of Main Roads that this project is not funded," Mr Bailey said.
"Therefore it will not be proceeding at this time. It is part of the LNP's Strong Choices plan, which was unfunded and was reliant on the sale of public assets."
A spokeswoman for Mr Bailey confirmed the resumption of homes in Hideaway Waters would not proceed.
Member for Buderim Steve Dickson described the decision as "insane" and said some homes had already been resumed.
The road would have provided another access point to the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital, connecting Kawana Way to Maroochydore.
Mr Dickson said the only access was along "the two-lane, one each way, Kawana Way".
"You have the biggest hospital being built on the east coast of Australia - it's opening its doors in the middle of 2016 and now this road is not going to go ahead," he said.
"This was the way people from Noosa and Maroochydore would have accessed the hospital.
"This (decision) could potentially cost lives."
Mr Dickson said funding for the road project had initially been based on asset leasing, but "we were told in the election process it wasn't about asset leasing anymore".
"I was informed it was going to come out of Main Roads," he said.
Mr Bailey's announcement was great news for the Mooloolah River Interchange Action Group's president, Paula Anderson-Stevens.
She said the entire Brightwater Estate would have been affected financially if the road had gone ahead.
She said none of the home owners in Brightwater had been offered compensation through resumptions even though the road would have had a direct impact on at least 20 of the properties.
"For those of us who weren't going to be resumed, we were worse off," she said.
"We had the aesthetics and the noise and it would affect our property values."
She said some of the homes that were to have been resumed in Hideaway Waters were already vacant.
Mr Dickson said the State Government's decision would provide more uncertainty for residents.
"Where do they stand now?" he said. "This area is zoned on a map for a future interchange."