Logan welcomes funding announcement on M1 but urges State Government to commit
Published: 11 April 2018
City of Logan Acting Mayor Trevina Schwarz welcomed today’s announcement from the Australian Government to upgrade the M1 from Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill including the extension of the south-east busway to Springwood, and said the onus is now on State Government to make it a reality.
Councillor Schwarz said fixing the M1 is a critical issue for Logan residents who are tired of wasting hours every day in gridlock during peak hour when that time could be better spent with their families.
She said the project upgrade was critical for Logan, with the population expected to exceed 520,000 in the next two decades.
“Council has been advocating for the M1 to be upgraded for almost a decade now, through direct negotiations as well as leading community mobilisation campaigns during recent State and Federal elections,” she said.
“We have a $1-billion commitment by the Prime Minister and the ball is now firmly in the Premier’s court to contribute funding and get this roadblock to growth fixed now. The City of Logan and the people in this thriving city are depending on a constructive outcome.”
Cr Schwarz said Council is actively advocating for investment in other key roads infrastructure including the Mt Lindesay Hwy and Waterford-Tamborine Rd, all of which will carry significant increased traffic as growth continues, as well as the much-needed Salisbury-Beaudesert Passenger Rail.
“On behalf of the Logan community, we applaud the Federal Government for this important investment, and look forward to hearing the outcome of the State Government’s business case,” she said.
“While we welcome the Federal commitment to upgrade the M1 from Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill, our call has always been to extend the upgrades to Loganholme including the south-east busway. We will continue to advocate for that solution also.”
Cr Schwarz said the daily gridlock affecting Logan commuters is costing the city tens of millions of dollars in lost wages and productivity each year.
It is estimated that 150,000 cars use the M1 each day to travel between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
“Logan is strategically located right in the middle between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and has direct access to major arterial networks, three international airports, freight rail and the Port of Brisbane,” Cr Schwarz said.
“This infrastructure investment is a priority to meet the demand of the city’s growing population and support its supply chain network.”
Logan City Council had previously strongly advocated for an upgrade to the Pacific Motorway M1/M3/Gateway merge upgrade, which the Australian and Queensland governments agreed to jointly fund in October last year.
Construction on that project is due to start on completion of the Commonwealth Games.
“Our ongoing advocacy agenda ensures the federal and state governments clearly know what Logan’s key priorities are,” Cr Schwarz said.
“We will continue to lobby on behalf of the Logan community for the infrastructure our city needs.”