The first stage of the upgrade requires 0 million, so for work to proceed the State Government would need to chip in a further 0 million in a 50-50 split.But Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson told The QT yesterday that his government's long-held position on an 80-20 split for the funding had not changed.
"We will continue to work with the Federal Government to get the best deal for Queensland." The former federal Labor government paid million for the State Government to come up with a design for the Darra to Rocklea section of the Ipswich Motorway.
The total cost was budgeted at .8 billion, with 0 million needed for the first stage. "It is important that happens, because without that (first stage) the rest of it can't get done.
Oxley MP Bernie Ripoll said he would welcome the motorway being finished, but said the state and federal governments would have to sort that out through negotiations. "Unless the Libs want to contribute at a state level then we don't have a road." "I've campaigned for the Ipswich Motorway for more than 15 years and I want to see it finished.
"There is not that much more left to do but it is going to cost a fair bit of money.
Joel is a journalist with 20 years of experience and since February, 2011 he has been the late reporter at The Queensland Times.
Joel specialises in longer features and as the late reporter he chases all the breaking stories that unfold in the evenings.A die hard rugby league fan, Joel has been pushing hard for the Western Corridor bid to be admitted into the NRL.HOPES for a start date on the Darra to Rocklea upgrade of the Ipswich Motorway have stalled, despite the Federal Government committing 0 million to kickstart the project in Tuesday's budget."If two Liberal governments can't agree, then what chance has anyone else got? "The Liberals in the dying weeks of the election campaign offered the same amount as Labor, but Campbell Newman rejected it." Mr Ripoll said the Labor Party budgeted 9 million before the last election for the upgrade. "So it is now up to the state, along with the Commonwealth, to come to an agreement." But Mr Emerson said Mr Ripoll was rewriting history."It is a bit rich for Mr Ripoll to be making demands when he was part of the Labor team, led by Kevin Rudd, that promised in the 2007 election to fully fund the upgrade of the motorway.