SHOWING SUPPORT: Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss at the Eight Mile intersection in 2011.
SHOWING SUPPORT: Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss at the Eight Mile intersection in 2011. File

Attention on Eight Mile upgrade

THE drive to upgrade the Eight Mile intersection has made its way into Federal parliament, with the subject raised during a speech by the Deputy Prime Minister in the House of Representatives.

With talks of an upgrade to the controversial intersection gaining further momentum in the past few months, Federal Maranoa MP Bruce Scott asked for an update on the issue from Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Mr Scott and Mr Truss inspected the site together in 2011 and had discussions with Southern Downs MP Lawrence Springborg and the council.

"Prior to the last federal election, we said that we would have it as a priority black spot," Mr Scott said.

"I would be interested to know whether the new government in Queensland - the Labor government - has shown any interest in taking forward that Eight Mile as a priority area for funding between Commonwealth and state?

"It is an issue that we do need to address, and I would be particularly interested in what plans we may have or, more particularly, whether the new Labor government in Queensland has listed it as a priority road for funding and attention at a Commonwealth and state level."

The Deputy Prime Minister confirmed the State Government was working on a $550,000 business case for the upgrade to the Eight Mile.

"We expect that we will receive that sometime next year, and then there will be an opportunity for discussions to occur about what timeframe there might be for construction of that project," he said.