QLD Premier says ‘Not my problem’ to Scholars Drive motorists and school families

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Brent Mickelberg MP with local resident at Chancellor State College

Member for Buderim Brent Mickelberg MP called upon the Premier in the first sitting of the 56th Parliament, to match the LNP's commitment to alleviate traffic congestion and address safety concerns on Scholars Dive Buderim.
 
Disappointingly, the Premier said "it was up to Council" to fix it.
 
"Together with the LNP, I committed $1 million dollars to improve traffic congestion around Chancellor State College - Primary Campus, particularly on Scholars Drive, and this investment was sanctioned by the people of Sippy Downs as a priority for this community.

"The Premier simply passed the buck to the Sunshine Coast Council saying that it was a Council owned road and ratepayers should foot the bill all on their own.
 
"The problem is that congestion like this happens as a result of a multitude of factors and errors, including the fact that the State Government have previously built a public school on a road that is unable to service the volume of traffic which has resulted. The best way to bring cohesion and to deliver for our community is to put politics aside.
 
"I would say to the Premier in response – what if a child is killed on Scholars Drive? Is it acceptable that emergency services cannot access the school quickly, and parents cannot reach their children in a safe and timely fashion?
 
"Furthermore Premier, are you prepared to stand-by and watch local businesses fail because it is simply too hard and takes too long for customers to access their products and services?
 
"It is not good enough for the Palaszczuk Government to be aware of significant road safety threats yet pass the buck to Council. At some point the State owes a duty of care to road users – whomever owns the road.
 
"If the LNP were able to identify the need and commit the funds at the last election to upgrade a number of local roads that are crippled with congestion and holding communities back, Labor must also.
 
"My commitment to the people of Sippy Downs is to continue to fight to deliver this important road upgrade. I won't stop until Scholars Drive is no longer a congested mess," Mr Mickelberg said.

 
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