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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Page: 125

Mr NEUMANN (Blair) (22:19): The residents of Dinmore, Riverview and Redbank who live along the Ipswich Motorway have more travel choices thanks to the opening of two new service roads and a new pedestrian bridge. On 3 February 2012, I was pleased to be with the member for Oxley, the state member for Bundamba, Mrs Jo-Ann Miller, and the Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure, the Hon. Craig Wallace, to open the Tessman Street pedestrian bridge, which connects the north side of Riverview to the south side of Riverview, and a new service road that runs from Aberdare Street all the way down to Law Street so that residents can avoid going on the Ipswich Motorway when they travel to, for example, Redbank Plaza. This has great implications because residents of Ipswich Central regularly go to Redbank Plaza to go to the movies, to do their shopping or to work. It is a major shopping centre in Ipswich and this will make a big difference.

Right from the start we said that the Ipswich Motorway was a vital infrastructure project in South-East Queensland. It was supported by all the local councils and the state coalition opposition, but it was opposed repeatedly and emphatically by those opposite through three elections in a row. The southern service road will take up to 5,000 vehicles a day off the Dinmore to Goodna section of the Ipswich Motorway, which is used by up to 95,000 vehicles a day, travelling between Ipswich and Brisbane. I have about 84,500 residents in the electorate of Blair who can vote me in or out at the next election. With 95,000 vehicles a day travelling through this section of the motorway, you can see why I so often speak on this topic. This piece of infrastructure is vital for not just the lifestyles but the lives of the people on the western corridor between Ipswich and Brisbane. We have seen a new service road towards Redbank as well, which has made a big difference to the people along the motorway.

I want to talk about the opening of the yellow pedestrian bridge at Tessman Street. I was pleased to be at the community day held the day after the opening. The Tessman Street bridge is three metres wide and has a ramp and stair access, anti-throw screens for safety and a pedestrian rest stop on the southern side. As I said, it is yellow and easily identified. I want to thank Mick O'Dwyer of Origin Alliance—he is the manager—and his team. Origin Alliance, who were doing the construction on the Ipswich motorway between Dinmore and Goodna, have a saying: 'Safe work, safe travel, safely home.' I also thank Cindy Thomas, the community engagement manager, and her team for putting on the community day.

Congratulations to Origin Alliance, who received the QMCA 2011 Project Safety Excellence Award. They are creating a legacy, with jobs being created—4,250 jobs on the Dinmore to Goodna section alone—but they are also giving apprenticeships to Indigenous locals. I also want to thank them for the charity that they have extended and the money they have raised through various fun days for prostate cancer and breast cancer research. They have taken it upon themselves to really be part of the local community.

I want to particularly thank someone who I have not mentioned all that often in parliament, and that is a guy who goes by the name of Mango Murphy. Mango Murphy is the program director for the western corridor and for main roads in Queensland. He has been an absolute champion of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade and has strongly advocated it for many years.

We, this government, are investing a record amount of money in Queensland in road and port infrastructure—$8.5 billion. That is more than double what the Howard coalition government put in. Road infrastructure funding in my area is probably the greatest demonstration of the difference between a Labor government that believes in doing things and a coalition government that, when in power, believes in inertia, idleness and ignorance when it comes to road infrastructure.

Roads are key in my electorate. They are so important. Things like the Warrego Highway, the Brisbane Valley Highway and the Ipswich Motorway connect people. They connect communities, towns, farmers, businesses and workers. The coalition has opposed every road funding commitment in my electorate in the last four years, and the Ipswich Motorway is the worst example.