Coast gets none of Bruce Hwy upgrade money

OF THE $558 million being spent on the Bruce Highway in the next 12 months, about a quarter will be spent between Caboolture and Gympie.

And yet the Sunshine Coast will get nothing.

There is also no money in this year's budget to improve the rail line between Beerburrum to Nambour.

The disappointing Federal Budget result comes as the Turnbull Government announced it would spend $50 million in the next year improving a 3km stretch of the Ipswich Motorway between Rocklea and Darra.

The Ipswich road upgrade will cost a total of $200 million.

It also confirmed it would spend $583 million over the next five years to fund a 12.6km dual-track rail line between Petrie, Kippa Ring and six new stations north of Brisbane.

No doubt adding further frustration to the unfunded, but critically important projects, is the decision by the Federal Government to shift a spare $853.6 million back into consolidated revenue for "other policy priorities".

The huge sack of cash was part of a $22 billion reward offered to the states for selling assets.


After a failed effort by the former Queensland LNP Government to offload those assets, the Federal Government has now taken the money off the table.

On Tuesday, Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the state should not be penalised for refusing to sell assets.

"It was the Abbott-Hockey government that changed that approach and tied funding to asset sales.

"Scott Morrison has a clear choice - either he allocates a fair share of federal infrastructure funds to Queensland in tomorrow night's Federal Budget or he abandons our state."