Final stages of Mooloolah River Interchange plans on table
PLANS are being finalised for the design of the Mooloolah River Interchange upgrade at Mooloolaba, but just when it will be built is yet to be determined.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told parliament funding of the project would be determined by a new body, Building Queensland, which would assess all major infrastructure proposals above $50 million in value to determine priorities.
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The $440 million planned upgrade was to have been funded under the Newman Government's program of asset privatisation.
Ms Palaszczuk was responding to a question by Buderim MP Steve Dickson, who was seeking a commitment from the Premier to fund it this current term of government to provide what he said was a vital link to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
"The Mooloolah River Interchange is a crucial piece of infrastructure for the Sunshine Coast as it will link the people to the new private hospital at Kawana, as well as solve ongoing traffic issues.
"If patients are delayed when travelling to the hospital, due to an inadequate road network, lives could be lost, while the incredibly dangerous weaving on and off the motorway at the Mountain Creek interchange continues,'' Mr Dickson said.
Hideaway Waters resident Kay Marshall said yesterday that she and her husband were waiting for an offer from Transport and Main Roads to resume their home.
"TMR officers were here with a valuer a month ago,'' she said. "We've had a private valuation done and that will be submitted by our lawyer tomorrow.
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"We've been told there was money available for acquisitions but I won't be happy until I see a contract.''
Hideaway Waters residents have been on tenterhooks for years as the project's design and timing changed.
"My government will not be proceeding with the previous government's program of privatising major public assets,'' Ms Palaszczuk told Parliament.
"To ensure infrastructure is funded and delivered where it is needed, this government will establish a new body, Building Queensland, to assess all major infrastructure proposals over $50 million.
"Based on current project scope and cost estimates, the MRI project would fall within the scope of work for assessment by Building Queensland.
"I am advised that Transport and Main Roads is now finalising planning for the MRI project to include a new land-based road crossing of the Mooloolah River through the Hideaway Waters area and duplication of the Sunshine Mwy.''