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One step closer to road relief

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams welcomed the state government’s support for her Queensland-first plan to tackle traffic congestion on Cleveland-Redland Bay Road.

In a letter from the Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey MP, Mayor Williams has been commended for her “innovative approach to road funding”, with the Government confirming its interest in Council's solution, which could see Council cash reserves borrowed by the State Government to fix the notorious stretch of road between Thornlands and Redland Bay.

"There is no doubt that Cleveland-Redland Bay Road must be fixed and while this is a road owned by the State Government, Redlanders can't wait any longer," Cr Williams said.

“I've been working with the State Government since last year to come up with an innovative solution for this road, and the Minister's support is an encouraging step forward for our city.

“Road congestion is a growing problem in the Redlands, and most pinch points are on State-controlled roads, none of which are currently on the Government’s construction priority list. It is an issue that needs urgent attention."
The proposed solution would see Redland City Council's cash reserves leveraged to fix the State Government owned road. Following successive budget surpluses under Mayor Williams, Redlands now enjoys a $18million operating surplus and a $134 million cash balance at the end of January 2016. 

Cr Williams stated, “We are in an enviable position to provide a loan to the State and at the same time, quarantine the value of revenue raised in Redlands by the State Government through the 100’s of millions of dollars of stamp duty they will raise from major projects such as Toondah Harbour, Weinam Creek and Shoreline to repay the city through a legally binding financial agreement."

Cr Williams said her recent series of Redlands transport forums highlighted the urgent need to fast-track roads infrastructure.

Posted on 02 Mar 2016

(2) Comments

  1. Dr Dennis Tafe commented on 03 March 2016

    Good to see a mayor who understands both business and the plight of the residents in relation to road congestion.

  2. John and Merle Butters commented on 03 March 2016

    Good to see state agreement with karen’s plan.  Now pensioners in leasehold villages want a fair deal like those in other councils. John butters