BASS HIGHWAY NOT A PRIORITY FOR HIDDING
15 May 2017
JUSTINE KEAY MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BRADDON
SENATOR ANNE URQUHART
CHIEF OPPOSITION WHIP IN THE SENATE
SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
REBECCA WHITE MP
TASMANIAN LABOR LEADER
State and Federal Labor have called on the State Government to stop dragging its feet on a critical upgrade to the Bass Highway at Latrobe.
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said embattled Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding was missing in action on the issue.
“Mr Hidding has been dragging his feet because there has been no submission to the Federal Government to free up surplus funds from the highway upgrade at Westbury as was promised earlier this year,” Ms Keay said.
“In the meantime the various risks associated with this very busy section of the highway continue.”
Senator Anne Urquhart said the State Government had failed to act quickly enough.
“While Ian and Trudy Hill of the Caltex Wattle Hill service station were able to collect more than a thousand signatures to support an upgrade, Mr Hidding has failed to deliver,” Senator Urquhart said.
“There’s a simple solution here and money is available, so it begs the question of why the State Government has not submitted a request to get this sorted.”
Tasmanian Labor Leader Rebecca White said the Latrobe Council had also raised concerns about the section of the highway, which needed urgent attention.
“Not only is there a very real and present danger to drivers on this section of highway, access issues are also holding back development of Council’s industrial estate in the area,” Ms White said.
“It is very poor form that the Infrastructure Minister has failed to make a submission and puts a spotlight on his ability to perform his job, especially in light of the various issues with the current King Island shipping arrangements.”