Bruce Hwy and jobs a priority for new Deputy PM
NEW Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss has vowed to make upgrading the deadly Bruce Hwy a priority after the Coalition swept to a resounding election victory.
On Saturday night, surrounded by supporters and with his wife Lyn nearby, the re-elected member for Wide Bay enjoyed the victory at Maryborough's Muddy Waters restaurant.
Mr Truss went to bed at 1am after the celebrations and was up again at 6am.
Meanwhile in the electorate of Hinkler the LNP's new candidate Keith Pitt was also celebrating.
The Bundaberg businessman campaigned for the seat after the incumbent member, Paul Neville, retired.
Mr Truss, who has served as the member for Wide Bay since 1990, said there was much he wanted to achieve for the Wide Bay region and Maryborough in particular.
The Bruce Highway is high on his priority list.
For years, Mr Truss has been hammering the Labor government about the state of the highway, about what needs to be done to improve it and stop more crashes and deaths.
The Coalition has committed almost $10 billion over 10 years to upgrading the highway, with a funding commitment of 80% from the Federal Government and 20% from the Queensland Government, and Mr Truss said his focus would be getting the first stages of the upgrade underway as soon as possible.
Mr Truss said the key improvements he wanted to see would extend the road to four lanes to Gympie, more overtaking lanes and an upgrade to the Tinana interchange.
Flood proofing at Aldershot and Tinana would also be crucial, Mr Truss said.
Both candidates said creating more employment and a stronger economy was also top of their priorities.
Mr Pitt said local road projects were also important and he was keen to get those underway.
"We have a Coalition Government now, it's time to deliver on our promises," he said.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he was looking forward to working with both men for the betterment of the region.
Cr O'Connell said he already had spoken to both Mr Truss and Mr Pitt in the lead up to the election.
He hoped they would be able to work together to make decisions corning the economic future of the region and to improve infrastructure around the Fraser Coast.