The Queensland Government’s recent state budget has failed the people of Logan and the northern Gold Coast, by not providing one cent for two major transport projects desperately needed in this area.

I have been campaigning for additional funding to upgrade Exit 38 of the M1 at Yatala, which is used daily by tens of thousands of commercial vehicles and residents from Ormeau and Pimpama.

Another major transport project that needs to begin sooner rather than later is the development of the Salisbury to Beaudesert rail corridor, otherwise we will have thousands of new residents living in an area without adequate public transport.

Thankfully, the state budget did include $3.5 billion for rail projects, including an upgrade for services between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

In partnership with the federal government, the project will see the duplication of train lines between Beenleigh and Kuraby from two to four, as well as station upgrades and level crossing removals.

The state government knows we desperately need the Logan and Gold Coast Faster Rail upgrade, doubling the number of train services to cater for the additional 1.2 million people expected to be living in our region by 2036.

This short-sighted approach to planning and funding projects will cause continued long term pain for people in our community.

We live in one of the fastest growing areas in the country and if the state government does not start funding facilities now, we will be left behind in the future.

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