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Coopers Plains Crossing

June 28, 2018

Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett is committed to working with the state and local levels of government to build the infrastructure we need – we always have and always will. Graham Perrett is part of the community campaign to find a permanent solution to one of SEQ’s most dangerous level crossings at Coopers Plains.

“It’s time to get on with a solution that will permanently fix the Coopers Plains level crossing, a priority that has been identified by not only the local community, but also by the State’s peak motoring body, the RACQ”, said Graham Perrett.

“Locals are sick of the buck-passing. It’s only fair that the cost should be shared equally between the three levels of government: federal, state and council.

“In the absence of leadership from Mr Turnbull and the LNP, I’m calling on the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten and the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese to contribute a third of the project’s cost should Labor win the next federal election.

“I’m calling for the same contribution from the Palaszczuk Labor Government in Queensland. We’ve already seen a strong commitment from Treasurer Jackie Trad in the recent state budget for the first full business case of the project.”

The Brisbane City Council, with LNP Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at the helm, has refused to fund this project fairly. They contributed 50% to level crossing upgrades on the Northside in Geebung and Bracken Ridge, but continue to refuse to give the Southside our fair share.

“15% from the Brisbane City Council is totally inadequate. Labor, at both a federal and state level is prepared to get this mess sorted. If Lord Mayor Quirk would stop playing politics and pay his share, we’d be much closer to having shovels in the ground”, said Graham Perrett.

“It’s time to get this mess fixed.”

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