Incompetent Infrastructure Minister fails again

Tasmanian Labor
  • More issues with Hobart Airport roundabout replacement
  • Another Bridgewater Bridge consultant, no construction
  • Track record of failing to deliver continues
  • An advertisement taken out by frustrated landowners impacted by changes to the Hobart Airport roundabout replacement is another embarrassment for a government that continues to spruik a COVID recovery building blitz that’s going nowhere fast.

    Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Shane Broad said this is the latest in a string of incompetencies by the government when it comes to key projects of state significance.

    “For the business community and key landowners to have to take out advertisements in the media after communication breakdowns shows a lack of care and consultation by the government,” Dr Broad said.

    “The airport roundabout replacement project has been plagued with issues since 2016, and has hit yet another roadblock – impacting thousands of Tasmanians who rely on that stretch of highway on their daily commute.

    “The government’s record of failing to deliver major infrastructure projects is further proven by the ‘fail to launch’ Bridgewater Bridge. Government tenders show $3.2 million spent on consultants since December – with the latest for an “independent cost estimator” from Queensland.

    “How can the government say the project is fully costed and fully funded, when it is hiring interstate consultants to estimate the cost, and basic planning is still not completed?

    “For Michael Ferguson to say the project is “coming to life” and the bridge is being built is insulting to Tasmanians. There is clearly no construction underway.

    “This is Michael Ferguson’s trademark incompetence in action, and a government that doesn’t have a plan to deliver on key projects of state significance.”

    Shane Broad MP

    Shadow Minister for Infrastructure

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