State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson continues to punish commuters from Sorell and the Southern Beaches with the hopelessly delayed Hobart Airport Interchange upgrade.
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Shane Broad said the Gutwein Government had made an art form of re-announcing projects they promised to deliver years before.
Dr Broad said Mr Ferguson should stop re-announcing hopelessly delayed projects to make himself feel better. Instead he should explain why 64 major infrastructure projects throughout Tasmania are significantly delayed, some by up to five years.
“The Government have once again put on the hi viz vests to re-announce a delayed project,” Dr Broad said.
“The costs of the Airport Interchange – which was announced three years ago – have blown out by over 50% and Mr Ferguson cannot just pretend it is on track.
“The Minister has broken his promise to the Sorell and Southern Beaches community and these delays continue to hurt commuters.
“This Government has a horrendous track record when it comes to infrastructure, with the recent mid-year Budget update showing they had delivered less than 20 per cent of this year’s infrastructure budget by December last year.
“Announcements and re-announcements do not amount to progress and do nothing to instil confidence that the government can deliver its promised $1 billion in infrastructure each year over the next five years.
“What the Liberals have achieved is nothing more than a laundry list of broken promises because they are very skilled at making announcements and a disaster at actually delivering.
“Minister Ferguson cannot continue to spin his way out of this mess.
“Only Labor has a clear, fully-costed policy to reverse the Liberal cuts and rebuild Tasmania’s capacity to deliver infrastructure.”
Shane Broad MP
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure