PASSED OVER: MP Lawrence Springborg and Southern Downs councillor Marika McNichol at Accommodation Creek.
PASSED OVER: MP Lawrence Springborg and Southern Downs councillor Marika McNichol at Accommodation Creek. File

A bridge too far for LNP funds

THE Southern Downs has been passed over for a potential $80million cash injection for regional Queensland bridges in its first round.

The promised investment came as the LNP announced it would have 11 bridges built across the state under its Better Bridges program.

Despite being long-held LNP territory, the Southern Downs would not benefit immediately from the prospective cash injection.

Shadow Infrastructure Minister Deb Frecklington said the program was just one feature of a "comprehensive” state infrastructure plan.

The Deputy Opposition Leader said the initial program was simply a starting point for bridges in the region.

"We also have the Royalties for the Regions program, which has $500million for the extension of the Better Bridges program,” Ms Frecklington said.

LNP candidate James Lister said he would work hard to further projects advocated for by his predecessor, Lawrence Springborg.

"One of the things I want to do if elected is put a provision in the forward estimates for an overpass at the Eight-Mile intersection and upgrades to the Accommodation Creek Bridge (south of Ballandean),” Mr Lister said.

"Lawrence has worked very hard to get preliminary plans done on both of those.

"There has been a business case and design put forward and I'm happy to work hard to get those things done in the long run.”

Ms Frecklington said the LNP Buy Local policy would apply to the projects to ensure local businesses and contractors were employed in the works.

"This program will include replacing timber bridges, safety works on existing bridges, improved signage for motorists and capacity upgrades to increase bridge load limits.

"This investment will also see much-needed safety upgrades across the 11 projects to decrease the risk of serious and fatal crashes on bridges, especially older, single-lane bridges,” she said.

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