Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has called on the State’s Premier and Treasurer to stop ignoring Caloundra when the State Budget is handed down next month.
Mr McArdle has urged the State to fund critical infrastructure projects including:
- Slip lanes at the Caloundra Rd/Nicklin Way roundabout to reduce congestion on the roundabout
- Installation of traffic lights at Ridgewood and Caloundra Rd intersection
- Converting the Caloundra Hospital into a 24hr injury and illness clinic instead of the current 12 hours
- Duplication of the rail between Beerburrum and Landsborough
- Donation of land or a long term lease to Mooloolah Community Centre
“The Labor Premier has repeatedly claimed that she governs for all of Queensland. Simple works, but the reality is the money coming here,” Mr McArdle said.
“With Caloundra’s population set to soar in coming years now is the time to properly plan for the future.”
Sunshine Coast Population and Housing Forecasts data* shows the Coast is expected to see an extra 80,000 residents in less than 10 years, while completion of Caloundra South in 2031 will see an additional 20,000 dwellings and house a population of 50,000 people.
“I can guarantee the majority of those 50,000 people will be coming to Caloundra’s CBD and beaches on a daily basis so, it is vital we upgrade Ridgewood Rd now and put slip lanes in at the Caloundra Rd/Nicklin Way roundabout,” Mr McArdle said.
“Sadly we have already lost our Emergency Department in Caloundra, and not providing a 24 hour Minor Injury and Illness Clinic is beyond comprehension. Just look at the ramping figures at SCUH.
“We need these projects now, they are critical to Caloundra.
Mr McArdle said the duplication of the rail line between Beerburrum and Landsborough was crucial for getting thousands of cars off the Bruce Highway each week and cater for locals who travel to and from Brisbane every day.
The Mooloolah community has also been fighting hard for the Mooloolah Community Centre to be issued a long-term lease or donation of land, without which they cannot apply for infrastructure grants and upgrade their facilities.
“These projects impact on the stability of people’s lives, the greater community and the creation of future jobs.
“The State keeps spruiking jobs and infrastructure - these projects are ready to go.
“Caloundra is in dire need of this infrastructure and should not be drip-fed when it comes to funding from the Palaszczuk-Labor Government.”
The State Budget is due to be handed-down June 12.
*Population forecast 2016 – 303,392, 2021 – 345,782, 2026 – 386, 692. Sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
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