MP Don Brown questions Brisbane City Council over budget for Rickertt, Chelsea roads intersection upgrade

AT CLEVELAND: Bowman MP Andrew Laming and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Cleveland in January.
AT CLEVELAND: Bowman MP Andrew Laming and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Cleveland in January.

CAPALABA MP Don Brown has asked why the Brisbane City Council has not budgeted to upgrade the Rickertt and Chelsea roads intersection despite a $6 million commitment from the federal government.

Mr Brown said the Brisbane City Council needed to match the federal money for the upgrade to start but the works had not been included in the council's budget.

Brisbane City Council's infrastructure chair Cr Amanda Cooper said that the council was working through design options.

"Council's contribution towards the upgrade will be determined once the detailed design has been finalised," Cr Cooper said.

Asked how much the council had budgeted for the design and when it would be finalised, a council spokesperson said the detailed design process was ongoing.

"This is expected to be completed this financial year - more detail will be available then," the spokesperson said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the $6 million promise during a visit to Cleveland and elsewhere in south-east Queensland in January.

The busy Rickertt Road is a thoroughfare for motorists travelling between Redlands and Brisbane.

The Chelsea Road intersection at Ransome falls within Brisbane's boundaries.

Mr Brown said that Brisbane mayor Adrian Schrinner had petitioned the council in 2017 for an upgrade to the intersection.

"Yet he could not even deliver it in his first budget, despite the offer from the federal government," he said.

"Mayor Schrinner has had plenty of time since the federal election to ensure this commitment was included in his first budget."

The 2017 petition, submitted to Brisbane City Council with 163 signatures, called on the council to urgently investigate safety improvements like traffic signals or a roundabout.

Works have been done at the intersection of Rickertt and Green Camp roads and on Green Camp Road, including at the Tilley Road intersection.

Mr Brown said the federal government had committed $2 million in 2020-21 and $4 million from 2021 until 2023 for the Rickertt and Chelsea roads intersection upgrade.

"Yet there is no funding allocated by the LNP Brisbane City Council in this year's budget including in their forward estimates to 2022-23," he said.

Cr Cooper said that Brisbane City Council welcomed the commitment by the federal government to help residents get home sooner and safer through upgrades like the one at the intersection of Chelsea and Rickertt roads.

"The federal government's $6 million commitment to improve safety at the intersection of Chelsea Road and Rickertt Road will allow council to bring forward construction of the upgrade," Cr Cooper said.