Greens Senator Larissa Waters will visit the Sunshine Coast today to meet with Caloundra residents opposing the Caloundra Transport Corridor Upgrade, which proposes a new four-lane road through local parks, residential areas and local businesses, and would clear bushland adjacent to ecologically significant wetlands.
The Greens back the local community who say the project is flawed, and will have irreversible environmental and social impacts.
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“Yet again, the Queensland Labor Government has shown that their only solution to growing congestion is to bulldoze bushland for yet another road.
“Ironically, the Government claims this project is an investment in meeting the needs of public transport users. How can a few more lanes in one area seriously be considered as an investment in public transport?
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail, and the only tool that the Queensland Labor Government knows how to use is an overfunded, poorly designed new road.
“Community members are clearly against this project, and yet, have not been involved in any meaningful discussions.
“Queenslanders are growing tired of Labor’s outdated policy solutions. With 32% of 18-34 year-old Queensland voters listing the Greens as their first preference, if in balance of power the Greens will make sure the next Queensland Government plans for more livable and connected communities, while looking after our natural environment.
“Instead of wasting $7 million dollars of federal funding on yet another road, the federal Government should put money on the table for public transport projects that would give communities the accessible, affordable, clean and connected cities and regions they deserve.”