Krause slams TMR for inaction on Mount Lindesay Highway at Laravale

DANGEROUS: The highway at Laravale is patched and uneven, with no repairs on the schedule for this year.
DANGEROUS: The highway at Laravale is patched and uneven, with no repairs on the schedule for this year.

SCENIC Rim MP Jon Krause has slammed the Queensland Labor government for failing to look after the Mount Lindesay Highway south of Beaudesert, while Main Roads minister Mark Bailey argues that the LNP abandoned motorists and spent nothing on the Mount Lindesay Highway during their three years in office. 

Mr Krause said he had lobbied for works to be scheduled but only received information about works  to start from next year.

“The best Main Roads can say is they will do some work – not all of it – from July 2020 and more in 2022,” he said.

“That’s three-and-a-half years away. Quite frankly we are not getting our fair share of road funding out here and it stinks.

“They should stop treating people in the Scenic Rim like second class citizens and fix the roads that need fixing.”

Arthy Rural Services co-owner Stuart Arthy said the road is an accident waiting to happen.

"We run trucks daily along this stretch and the road's never been so bad. It's not a matter of if, but when… somebody is really badly hurt,” he said. 

“It's uneven and unpredictable, especially at night and in bad weather. It really should be fixed soon, before there's a major accident."

Minister Bailey said the current government had committed $100 million to the highway and the LNP had delivered nothing.

“It’s a pity for Mount Lindesay Highway motorists that Mr Krause didn’t deliver any improvements to the Mount Lindesay Highway when he was elected as part of Campbell Newman’s LNP Government,” he said.

“Since 2015, the Palaszczuk government has stepped in and delivered more than $100 million in funding commitments for future safety upgrades for the Mount Lindesay Highway with some early preparation work underway.”

Mr Bailey cited Mount Lindesay Highway projects including North and South Maclean safety improvements, a service road extension at Greenbank Road and installing road upgrades to improve drainage.

He said TMR also planned to widen the Mount Lindesay Highway to four lanes and improve flood resilience over Jimboomba Creek.

“The Mount Lindesay Highway wasn’t on Mr Krause’s radar, that’s why the Palaszczuk Government is getting on with the work that needs to be done to improve safety for road users in the Scenic Rim and supporting jobs.”

Mr Krause fired back, saying the LNP invested more than $50 million during its time in government.

This stretch of the Mount Lindesay Highway is described as an accident waiting to happen.

This stretch of the Mount Lindesay Highway is described as an accident waiting to happen.

“I’m not going to engage in silly political point scoring on this issue – but will stand up for my constituents day-in, day-out when it comes to getting our fair share,” he said.

“This road [near Laravale] needs work, and sooner rather than later. It’s an insult to people down here that the government doesn’t even bother answering my complaints – all it can do is play games while our roads deteriorate further.

“Labor clearly doesn’t give two hoots about the state of the Mount Lindesay Highway and the conditions Scenic Rim residents have to put up with.”