Bay MP accuses Roads Minister of misleading Urraween works
THE upgrade of a notorious Urraween Rd intersection turned into a political stoush with Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen accusing Roads Minister Mark Bailey of misleading parliament on whether or not roadworks have started.
In parliament on April 20, Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders asked Mr Bailey how the State Government was "delivering safer roads" in the Fraser Coast region.
Mr Bailey responded, saying the State Government had announced $12.5 million in funding to upgrade the Urraween and Hervey Bay-Maryborough Rd intersection in March, as reported in the Chronicle.
"You can imagine my surprise when, last week, my office received a call from a local journalist quoting the current member for Hervey Bay calling on - wait for it - the Palaszczuk government to fund the Urraween Rd intersection," Mr Bailey said in the speech.
Mr Bailey continued to talk about the funding with a number of interjections from Mr Sorensen who accused him of being offensive.
"Here we have the Member for Maroochydore (Fiona Simpson) - 24 years in this parliament - calling on us to fund an intersection we already upgraded four weeks ago," Mr Bailey said.
From the Hansard transcript it is not clear if Mr Bailey is still speaking about the Urraween and Hervey Bay-Maryborough Rd intersection when he made this comment, or why Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson was mentioned.
Mr Sorensen on Tuesday said in parliament Mr Bailey had "wrongly claimed that the Urraween Rd intersection had been 'upgraded four weeks ago'."
Mr Sorensen said the comment was misleading, despite it being unclear which road Mr Bailey was referring to. The Hervey Bay MP will write to the Speaker to lodge a formal complaint.
Works have not started on the road to fix the horror corner.