Federal Member for Forde and Chief Opposition Whip, Bert van Manen MP has announced his disappointment after it was revealed that as part of the Federal Labor Government’s 90-day Infrastructure Pipeline Review, many Regional Funding Programs are now on notice.
“The Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Infrastructure Minister Catherine King and Federal Labor have once again let the people of Forde down,” said Mr van Manen.
“These infrastructure projects were budgeted for under the Former Coalition Government before the last election, and now they risk being scrapped without any thought for the people in the Forde Electorate”.
These cuts come after the Federal Labor Government forecast more than 400,000 people will migrate to Australia by the end of this financial year, and another 315,000 will move here by the end of 2024. These statistics handed down in the Federal Budget.
“Our infrastructure is already struggling,” said Mr van Manen.
“Logan will be one of the fastest growing areas in Queensland over the next decade, with our population expected to grow from 350,000 to 500,000 by 2034. This just adds unnecessary pressure to our system.”
Mr van Manen called on Infrastructure Minister – Catherine King to come to the Forde Electorate and see these projects for herself before deciding to put the red pen through them.
Projects that the LNP committed funding to under the Urban Congestion Fund that are now in doubt include:
• Chambers Flat Rd, between Park Ridge Rd and Derby Rd
• High Rd – Easterly St Upgrade (Waterford)
• Beenleigh Beaudesert Rd, Milne St to Tallagandra Rd (Beenleigh)