Eight Mile intersection
Eight Mile intersection

Will our intersection still see the money?

A REPRESENTATIVE for Queensland Minister for Transport Jackie Trad was non-committal when asked if any money would be provided from the Palaszczuk Labor Government towards an upgrade of the Eight Mile intersection.

Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg said last year Campbell Newman's LNP State Government had agreed to pay 20% of the costs for an upgrade, with Tony Abbott's Federal Government pledging to pay for 80% of the works.

With the change in state government after this year's snap election, the Daily News asked Mrs Trad's office if Labor would honour the commitment.

A representative of Mrs Trad's office said she would provide a response for the Daily News when asked the question, but did not provide one before the Daily News went to print.

Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said he had yet to discuss the issue with the Palaszczuk Government, but was "confident" the pledge would still exist.

"I haven't spoken to them yet, but at the moment the Federal budget is the one that's hot off the press," Cr Blundell said.

"Because we haven't spoken to them, at this stage we don't have the same commitment for the 20%.

"I can't give a confidence level, but projects on national highways are generally not particular to different political parties. So I'm confident that something will get sorted out."

Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group chairman Graham Buchner said last week he felt a proper fix for the Eight Mile had been put in the too-hard basket for too long, and estimated an overpass could cost $15 million.