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07 June, 2011

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will spend a record $65 million resurfacing and repairing local roads across Brisbane in 2011/12 to ensure motorists get a safer, smoother drive.

The Lord Mayor also announced today that the average rate rise for businesses would be below the Brisbane CPI rate of 3.6 per cent.

This is in line with his promise yesterday to deliver a similar low rate rise for households.

Cr Quirk said despite the low rate rises, Council would continue to spend $45 million on resurfacing and repairing local suburban streets, with a further $20 million allocated to relay roads damaged during January’s devastating flood.

“This year we will increase our spending on road resurfacing by nearly 50 per cent as part of my commitment to fixing more suburban roads around Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.

“There is enough money in tomorrow’s Budget to resurface local roads from here to Gympie.

“The $20 million we are spending fixing flood-affected roads are ratepayer dollars which we will then have to try and claim back through State and Federal disaster relief arrangements.

“Until the State and Federal Governments pay up Brisbane ratepayers will have to continue to wear the cost of the flood clean up.”

Brisbane City Council has only received $54 million in Federal and State disaster relief funding, despite the Council already spending about $115 million on the flood clean up.

The Lord Mayor is also addressing congestion on major suburban roads through the Can Do team’s unprecedented Road Action Program, which has already seen 27 priority upgrades worth hundreds of millions of dollars delivered with another eight currently underway.

The Road Action Program is fast tracking 15 years worth of priority road works previously neglected by past administrations.

Please visit the Brisbane City Council website for further information.

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