New South Wales’s government is seeking the court’s permission to take legal action against the ACT Government for its new road laws.
Key points:The ACT Government is seeking to block the government’s plans to build a new interstate highway on the ACT’s coastIt is seeking a court injunction to prevent the ACT government from building a road from the ACT coast to the Queensland border in the northQueensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the Government is using the ACT as a stepping stone for other statesThe ACT’s Roads Minister Andrew Constance said the ACT would seek a court order to stop the ACT State Government from building the road, which would cost $50 million.
“The ACT is in the midst of an election and we have the opportunity to build the right road,” Mr Constance told ABC Radio.
“I am hoping that we will be able to do that.”
Mr Constance’s comments come after the ACT Premier announced on Wednesday she would scrap her plans to use the ACT to build new roadways across the state.
Ms Palaszek said the Government would use the Australian Capital Territory to construct the road from a remote remote coastal spot to the ACT border.
She said it would be used for ferry services and freight.
The Government is also seeking to stop construction on a new highway to the northern Queensland town of Moroni from the Queensland coast.
Ms Constance confirmed the Government had contacted the Federal Government about the road but said she had not yet been made aware of their response.
“We will work with the Federal Environment Minister and our Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development,” Ms Palasczuk said.
“There will be a full and fair debate about the future of our road network.”