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    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Brisbane motorists slugged under Newman’s toll plan for the Bruce

    Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Friday, June 17, 2011

    Brisbane motorists slugged under Newman’s toll plan for the Bruce

    The LNP have been caught out trying to introduce tolls on the Bruce Highway after a journalist at the Innisfail Advocate confirmed reports to State Parliament that the Party was considering them on a recent trip to the Far North.

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace said Brisbane motorists would have to pay $232 to drive to Gympie and $1752 to drive to Cairns under a plan by Campbell Newman to toll the Bruce Highway.

    Mr Wallace said trucks would pay $675 and $5098 respectively for the same trips.

    Using Campbell Newman’s $3.95 formula for cars on Brisbane’s Clem7, tolls between major centres along the Bruce would be:

    Cars - $1 per kilometre

    Brisbane to Gympie 232km $232

    Gympie to Rockhampton 380km $380

    Rockhampton to Mackay 457km $457

    Mackay to Townsville 328km $328

    Townsville to Cairns 355km $355

    TOTAL 1752km $1752

    Heavy Vehicles - $2.91 per kilometre

    Brisbane to Gympie 232km $675.12

    Gympie to Rockhampton 380km $1105.80

    Rockhampton to Mackay 457km $1329.87

    Mackay to Townsville 328km $954.48

    Townsville to Cairns 355km $1033.05

    TOTAL 1752km $5098.32

    “Queenslanders from Brisbane to Cairns will pay through the nose to use the Bruce Highway under Campbell Newman’s plan,” Mr Wallace said.

    “Campbell Newman’s toll transponders will electronically dip into every motorist’s and truckie’s pocket, often several times, as they drive along the Bruce.

    “Freight and travel costs will go through the roof in regional Queensland as businesses pass on this big new toll tax, with Cairns and Townsville facing the biggest increases.”

    “Campbell Newman is a tolls junkie and he is looking longingly at tolling the Bruce,” Mr Wallace said.

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