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Time for action – not talk – on airport roundabout

         Federal and State Liberals not doing enough on traffic congestion

         Turnbull and Hodgman need to commit to funding works

         South East residents want to know when work will begin and who will pay

Tasmanian Labor has sought urgent answers from both the Federal and State Liberal Governments on the funding and construction timelines for the crucial upgrade of the Hobart Airport roundabout.

Labor Leader Rebecca White, Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins, Federal Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell and Labor’s Upper House Rumney candidate Sarah Lovell have co-signed correspondence to both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Will Hodgman asking them to clarify the progress of the project and how construction costs will be split between Tasmania and Canberra.

Ms White said as motorists continue to battle unprecedented traffic congestion, the roundabout update was now critical to get people moving.

“Federal Labor committed funding to this important traffic-busting solution and though the Turnbull Government has guaranteed $24 million for the project, there has been a lot of talk but no action,” Ms White said.

“Senate Estimates heard early this year that the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has started discussions with the Department of State Growth about funding arrangements between both governments but none of the detail has been made public.

“Those hearings were also told there is no timeframe for construction and no plans in place.

“Two million visitors to Tasmania use the roundabout every year. Anyone who lives south of Cambridge experiences congested roads and bumper-to-bumper traffic each day – the daily frustration is unacceptable.

“Residents in the south east want to see funding committed in the upcoming State and Federal Budgets.

“If it is not delivered, every Tasmanian will understand that is a consequence of do-nothing governments both here and in Canberra who consider traffic congestion a very low priority.”