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Gateway upgrade project to benefit Queensland economy: joint media statement.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Jim Lloyd MP Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

18 August 2004 L28/2004

Joint Media Statement

The Hon Jim Lloyd MP Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

The Honourable Paul Lucas Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government

GATEWAY UPGRADE PROJECT TO BENEFIT QUEENSLAND ECONOMY

Travel times will be significantly cut and thousands of new jobs will be created under the Gateway Upgrade Project, a new study has found.

The Federal Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd and the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Paul Lucas, today announced key findings of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Gateway Upgrade Project, which will see the Gateway Bridge duplicated.

Members of the public are encouraged to view the key findings and provide feedback.

Mr Lucas said the project's EIS indicated a drop in travel times, particularly for longer distance travel.

"The Gateway Upgrade Project has the potential to reduce travel time from Rochedale in the south to Brisbane Airport by approximately 15 minutes, and from Caboolture in the north to the Port of Brisbane by approximately 10 minutes during peak periods," Mr Lucas said.

Mr Lucas said the EIS investigations showed the Gateway Upgrade Project proposal would also provide a significant boost to the state's economy, especially to the Australia TradeCoast area, including Brisbane Airport, the Port of Brisbane and associated industrial precincts.

"The project has the potential to create more than 5,000 new jobs and, in so doing, generate an estimated $450 million in wages and salaries," he said.

The EIS identified no significant adverse environmental impacts. It said all potential adverse

impacts were manageable during design, construction and operation.

Mr Lloyd said the Gateway Motorway and the Gateway Bridge, both part of the AusLink National Land Transport Network, form a vital north-south arterial spine that served local and national travel demands.

"The Gateway Upgrade Project proposes to reduce traffic congestion by widening the Gateway Motorway between Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road and Lytton Roads; building a second bridge across the river and a new northern deviation through the old and new airport sites to rejoin the existing motorway just south of Nudgee Road; and will include a second northern access to the airport," Mr Lloyd said.

"The Australian and Queensland governments will continue to work cooperatively on this important project for Brisbane and the State.

"The general community has been, and will continue to be, encouraged to give input into the EIS, which is running in parallel with the development of a financial business case for the project. The business case will be finalised later this year," Mr Lloyd said.

Mr Lucas and Mr Lloyd called on local residents and community members to view public displays of the EIS key findings and give their feedback.

Displays will run from Monday, 23 August to Saturday, 25 September at:

● Centro Toombul Shopping Centre, from Monday, 23 August to Saturday, 28 August

● Brisbane Domestic Airport from Monday, 30 August to Saturday, 4 September

● Carindale Shopping Centre from Monday, 6 September to Saturday, 11 September

● Cannon Hill K-Mart Plaza from Monday, 13 September to Saturday, 18 September

● Wynnum Plaza Shopping Centre, from Monday, September 20 to Saturday,

September 25.

Displays will be staffed from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Saturday. The closing date for submissions on the EIS is Monday, 4 October 2004.

Copies of the EIS, details of public display locations and instructions on writing submissions are available at www.sd.qld.gov.au/project or through the Gateway Upgrade Project office on 1300 133 428.

Media Contacts

Graeme Hallett ( Minister Lloyd’s office ) 0419 688 440

Paul Childs ( Paul Lucas’s office ) 07 3237 1942

URL: http://www.ministers.dotars.gov.au/jl/releases/2004/August/l28_2004.htm