Government all talk no action on infrastructure, and it shows

Tasmanian Labor
  • Liberal
    underspend on infrastructure continues
  • Lack
    of progress on Hobart City Deal an embarrassment
  • Government
    all talk no action
  • A
    lack of progress on major infrastructure projects is further proof that the
    government is all talk and no action when it comes to infrastructure
    investment.

    Shadow
    Minister for Infrastructure Shane Broad said the government’s track record of
    infrastructure underspending and continual delays is hurting the state.

    “How can the government spruik a COVID recovery building blitz, when they consistently fail to deliver big projects?

    “The
    Liberals have failed to spend almost a quarter of their budgeted infrastructure
    funds, on average, each year they have been in government. That’s putting a
    handbrake on job creation.

    “Today,
    the government is out celebrating the first year of the Hobart City Deal, when
    all the progress report shows is another year of projects going nowhere fast.

    “One
    of the key elements, the Hobart airport roundabout upgrade, has hit further
    delays, with the Government treating nearby landowners with contempt and
    walking away from negotiations over land access.

    “Other
    projects outlined in the deal, including the Macquarie Point redevelopment and
    Bridgewater Bridge replacement, are fodder for cartoonists and comedians, with
    continual relaunches but little or no real progress. As well as this, Michael
    Ferguson is still sitting on a report about the future of Light Rail.

    “Michael
    Ferguson is applying his trademark incompetence to the infrastructure
    portfolio.

    “For the sake of our state, for the sake of communities relying on these projects and for the sake of badly-needed jobs, the government needs to get on with it.”

    Shane Broad

    Shadow Minister for Infrastructure

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