Whilst the LNP federal government continues to neglect the Australian economy, it's been left to states to provide the leadership and critical infrastructure for projects to be delivered for jobs and to boost the economy's needs. This is in my home state of Queensland. That's exactly what the Palaszczuk Queensland government is doing. With planning and development now being completed, the machinery and construction work began this week on the Sumners Road interchange upgrade for the benefit of 35,000 vehicles per day and the wider community. The crew of local construction and engineering staff will remove the existing bridge and replace it with two new bridges, totalling six lanes. Works will include a bike underpass along two of the city's busiest roads, linking up with the Centenary Bikeway, and the existing roundabouts will be replaced with new signalised intersections. The project will create 105 jobs during the construction and is one of many in a pipeline of infrastructure projects being delivered by the Palaszczuk government. In fact, the government is delivering a record $23 billion of roads and transport programs for the state, creating 21,000 jobs over the next four years. This only adds to the more than 207,000 jobs created under the government.
I also commend local state member for Mount Ommaney, Jess Pugh, for her hard work in seeing this project come to fruition after it was cut and neglected by the previous Newman LNP government. I look forward to seeing many more projects being delivered both locally in the Oxley electorate and throughout my home state of Queensland.