A joint taskforce made up of representatives from all levels of government, local business people and various community organisations has been formed in a collaborative effort to fix the M1 highway congestion.
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said the Fix the M1 Taskforce was a bipartisan group, ready to work together to find a solution to the M1 bottleneck between the Logan and Gateway Motorways.
“A petition has been launched online and I encourage local residents, businesses and community organisations to sign up and show their support for this project,” Mr van Manen said.
“Only by working together can we create the infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing population.”
Mr van Manen said the M1 was a vital highway linking Brisbane to south-east Queensland’s southern suburbs.
“The M1 is already running at capacity and commuters face congestion on an almost daily basis,” Mr van Manen said.
“Congestion is not only affecting people commuting to and from work, but it is having an adverse effect on the business community.
“Fix the M1 Taskforce is initially seeking $20 million for the design work of the M1 upgrades, and I have already met with Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss to get that ball rolling.”
Mr van Manen said fixing the M1 bottleneck was something that needed to happen urgently.
“As a member of the Taskforce, it is a positive step forward that both sides and levels of Government can work together on this community issue.
“The M1 has been the vein of existence for Logan commuters for many years now and enough is enough.
“By working together, we will come up with a solution for the community and all M1 road users.
“Our local businesses and constituents have suffered for long enough and I am very pleased to be working with our local and state government representatives to come up with a solution.”
Mr van Manen said it would take the voices of many to be heard, and encouraged everyone to sign the online petition, or download a copy of the paper petition and collect signatures.
Visit www.fixthem1.com.au to sign the petition and find out more about the Fix the M1 Taskforce.