MP says four years too long for car park

Labor candidate for Jordan Charis Mullen when she announced $44million for the Springfield Central railway station last year.
Labor candidate for Jordan Charis Mullen when she announced $44million for the Springfield Central railway station last year. Rob Williams

SPRINGFIELD commuters will be left waiting four years for a new car park at the Springfield Train Station.

Only $550,000 of the Park 'n' Ride upgrade's $44.5 million total cost has been allocated in the 2018-19 budget for the 650 space car park.

However, State member for Jordan Charis Mullen says four years is too long to wait.

Recently a site for the car park was revealed, now the budget shows the car park is due for completion in June 2022.

"Securing the $44.5M for the upgraded park n ride is a great start for our community,” she said.

"Planning work is on track to be complete - including a concept design - by the end of 2018. From there we'll have detailed design followed by construction.

"However, our community cannot wait till 2022 and I will be meeting with the Minister for Transport to work on getting the completion date brought forward for this critical project.”

In better news local schools have been given a boost.

A record investment of $14.1 billion has been spent on education in the 2018-19 State Budget.

Springfield Central State High School will get a new multi-purpose hall.

In the budget $3.7 million of a total $7.2 million spend has been allocated to construct the hall.

"I have a meeting next week with the Principal and P&C representatives on progressing this much needed facility for the high school,” Ms Mullen said.

Augusta State School is getting additional classrooms with $1.1 million budgeted out of a $4.2 million total spend to construct a new building with eight classrooms.

Ms Mullen said the school has been at capacity for while now.

"I only met with the school Principal at Augusta State School about a month ago where we discussed the fact the school has reached capacity - this investment will be welcome news for this school community,” she said.

Goodna State School is also getting additional classrooms.

Some $2.9 million is in the budget out for 10 new learning areas. The total project will cost $4.9 million.

The budget also delivers for a new primary school at Providence in the Ripley Valley.

There's $5.8 million allocated for the school which will cost a total of $31.5 million to construct.

Also in the budget:

  • $481,000 of $500,000 to refurbish classrooms in the Manual Arts Block at Woodcrest State College
  • $693,000 allocated across nine schools in the Jordan electorate for maintenance throughout the 2018-19 financial year
  • $183,000 allocated across nine schools in the Jordan electorate for minor works throughout the 2018 - 19 financial year
  • Electrical safety upgrades at Woodcrest State College, Springfield Lakes State School and Camira State school at total cost of $391,000.

Ms Mullen also said Cross River Rail was progressing with $733 million allocated to progress the planning, procurement and development of the vital rail services.

"The 10.2 km rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills will ease congestion, improve network reliability and increase accessibility to the Brisbane CBD.

"By removing the bottleneck at the core of SEQ's rail network, Cross River Rail will allow more trains to run more often and will open the SEQ region to expansion of existing rail lines such as the Springfield rail line to Ripley.”

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