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LNP WILL SEAL THE DEAL ON SMBI ROADS AND JOBS

A future LNP Government will fast-track the completion of infrastructure works on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI), with a $5 million cash injection to Redland City Council’s ‘green-sealing’ roads program.

The investment is part of the LNP’s $1bn SEQ Congestion Program to stimulate the economy, drag Queensland out of recession and create a decade of secure jobs.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington and LNP candidate for Redlands Henry Pike made the announcement while inspecting unsealed roads on Russell Island. It was the first time a party State leader has been on the islands in recent years.

“The LNP’s infrastructure package is fully-funded new spending and it will be fast-tracked to create new jobs as soon as possible,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The LNP will fund better island roads because we believe in investing for growth, creating secure jobs and providing a better future for every community.”

Green-sealing is a cost-effective, fast and fit-for-purpose pavement solution which involves a reduced pavement depth. Around 48km of SMBI roads have been sealed using this method.

Redland City Council has already invested $12.3 million in the sealing program, with a further $1.5 million committed.

“When it rains SMBI’s unsealed roads get washed away and when it’s dry local homes get blanketed in dirt,” Mr Pike said.

“This is having a real impact on the quality of life for islanders and the LNP will fix it.”

“The LNP wants to end the bickering about who’s responsibility it is. We just want to get it done – and fast.”

The LNP’s investment will fund approximately half of the roads that still need to be sealed under Council’s program, which total 15km on Macleay Island and 35km on Russell Island. (SEE EDITORIAL PAGE 2)

• Deb Frecklington (centre) with Cr Mark Edwards, Henry Pike, Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Mark Edwards on Russell lsland

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