Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Pacific Motorway Widening Extended to Robina

Media Release


07 March 2014

Joint release with:

Karen Andrews

Federal Member for McPherson

Ros Bates

State Member for Mudgeeraba

The Pacific Motorway Nerang to Mudgeeraba widening project will now extend even further to Robina with the additional stretch of works to enhance more of the Motorway on the Gold Coast.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the widening works would now be extended for some two kilometres along the southern carriageway from the Mudgeeraba interchange towards Robina.

“The upgraded Motorway will cater to over 100,000 vehicles every day, bolstering freight productivity, and lessening congestion to improve travel times for the daily local commute,” Mr Truss said.

“It will provide a safer road and reduce congestion in one of Queensland's largest growth regions.

“Modern road infrastructure capable of meeting demand maximises our economic productivity and unlocks the potential of Queensland's industries, people and attractions.

“Improving the Gold Coast's infrastructure will enhance its reputation around the world as a modern tourist and investment destination.”

Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said the Gold Coast's reputation as an international tourist destination demanded quality infrastructure to match.

“For locals and our many visitors getting around the Gold Coast region safely and without being stuck in traffic will be a major bonus,” Mrs Andrews said.

“Modern infrastructure is a must for a global city—it supports our local economy through tourism dollars and in turn the local jobs and industries that provide for the families of the Gold Coast.

“For the people of the Gold Coast this is an investment in a productive future.”

State Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates said work on the Nerang to Mudgeeraba upgrade was a priority for Queensland to ease congestion, keep freight moving and improve access along the Motorway.

“As one of Queensland's most popular global gateways we are investing to ensure it can cater to the needs of locals while meeting the expectations of visitors,” Mrs Bates said.

“Part of the broader $420 million jointly funded Nerang to Tugun upgrade of the Motorway has already seen the completion of five interchanges and ongoing widening along the length.

“The project is making great progress but as they are ongoing, with workers and machinery on site, we ask all motorists to take care and remain alert.”

The Australian and Queensland governments will provide $9 million each for the additional widening works along the Mudgeeraba to Robina section with funds available due to smart financial planning and project management of the Motorway project.