Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

,CyPolitics,CO Is at Heart of Snub

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

,CyPolitics,CO Is at Heart of Snub

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Byline: Adam Davies adam.davies@thechronicle.com.au

THE proposed Toowoomba Range bypass and upgrades to the Warrego Hwy have been dealt significant blows after being rated as low priorities.

An Infrastructure Australia report outlining its national infrastructure plan was released this week and poured cold water on both projects.

There were 42 project business cases from across the country submitted for consideration by respective state governments.

The Queensland Government business case put the cost of the Toowoomba Range bypass at $1.660billion and the Warrego Hwy upgrades between Helidon and Morven at $635 million.

However, The Chronicle understands one of the major stumbling blocks in relation to the Toowoomba Range bypass project is its actual cost.

A Federal Government source revealed to The Chronicle earlier this year that the real cost of the project would be in the vicinity of $3billion.

The report concluded both projects as having C[pounds sterling]real potentialC[yen] but they are a long way from the C[pounds sterling]ready to proceedC[yen] stage.

Infrastructure Australia criteria states, C[pounds sterling]real potentialC[yen] to be projects that clearly address a nationally significant issue or problem and that relevant options were being considered.

The C[pounds sterling]thresholdC[yen] category details projects that have strong strategic and economic merit and are highly likely to deliver economic benefits greater than the costs incurred.

The C[pounds sterling]ready to proceedC[yen] category details projects that have met all of Infrastructure AustraliaCOs criteria.

Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts said he would continue to be a champion for the project.

C[pounds sterling]This is the most critical piece of infrastructure for the people of Toowoomba,C[yen] Mr Watts said. …

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