Libs Commit $700m For Roads


ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Transport Services Minister Alistair Coe announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will inject an extra $125 million to fast-track and upgrade Canberra’s roads, bringing the total roads capital works budget to $700 million. Mr Seselja said the Canberra Liberals understand the government should prioritise this important basic infrastructure.

“The Canberra Liberals want to reduce travel times, relieve congestion and improve safety,” Mr Seselja said.

“That’s why if elected, we’ll inject an extra $125 million on top of the existing $575 million roads capital works budget to fast-track and upgrade our city’s roads.

“We will also task Infrastructure Canberra with establishing a long-term blueprint for the future roads.

“We make no apology for committing more money to roads, and to upgrading our roads before they become too congested. Much of the focus will be in Gungahlin – as the fastest growing part of Canberra, and Tuggeranong – the most neglected part over the past decade,” Mr Seselja concluded.

Mr Coe said ACT Labor’s short-term thinking on infrastructure has left Canberrans not only footing the bill for their budget blowouts, but also have to cope with inadequate road infrastructure.

“The ACT Labor Government continues to apply an outdated scattergun approach to infrastructure delivery, and Canberrans are left with poorly planned, late and over budget roads as a result.

“You only have to look ACT Labor’s iconic failure, the Gungahlin Drive Extension, to see this government’s complete inability to manage roads infrastructure.

“The Canberra Liberals understand the importance of proper planning, and would ensure road infrastructure is done properly from the start, by engaging our independent Infrastructure Canberra Commissioner, backed by an industry board.

“We’re committed to giving Canberrans better basic services with lower rates and charges,” Mr Coe concluded.