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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 65

Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (13:58): Since being elected as the federal member for Petrie in 2013 I have been advocating for an upgrade to the Boundary Road overpass at North Lakes and Narangba. This is a notorious interchange that crosses the Bruce Highway, which causes local motorists great frustration and local small businesses and freight traffic lost productivity. However, I am very pleased that last month the Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Warren Truss, announced that the Commonwealth would fund 80 per cent of the $105 million needed to complete a new six-lane overpass and associated construction. This is a great win for the people of North Lakes, Mango Hill, Deception Bay and Narangba, and I am very pleased with this result.

I want to place on record my thanks to the Deputy Prime Minister; my thanks to my colleague, the federal member for Longman; and my thanks to the previous two state members, Trevor Ruthenberg and Reg Gulley. It is essential that this upgrade is completed, and I look forward to working with the new state member for Murrumba once the new state government is sworn in to ensure that the remaining 20 per cent is funded and this project is completed.

The SPEAKER: In accordance with standing order 43, the time for members' statements has concluded.