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21 April 2010

Behind the scenes peek of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade open to public


The Satellite

IT'S one thing to see the roadworks as you're driving along the  Ipswich Motorway, but quite another to see a behind-the-scenes view.

Goodna State School year four students Dylan Pickford,
Natasha Dunne and Mareska Schoonbeek take a tour of
the Visitor Experience Centre.


IT'S one thing to see the roadworks as you're driving along the Ipswich Motorway, but quite another to see a behind-the-scenes view.

For those who are keen to go beyond the obvious roadworks, a new Visitor Experience Centre has opened on Chalk Street, Redbank, which shows a different side of the $1.95 billion Ipswich Motorway Upgrade between Dinmore and Goodna.

As it opened last Friday, the Visitor Experience Centre came alive with fun interactive activities for the kids, and information on the project for the adults.

While the centre is sure to be utilised by curious local school children, it is open to anyone in the community who wants to find out more about the motorway upgrade.

Federal Member for Oxley, Bernie Ripoll, said he had seen nothing quite like the Visitor Experience Centre and for that matter, any project that had the same level of community engagement as Dinmore to Goodna.

"The reality is that people are really interested and everyone wants to see what is happening," he said.

Like Mr Ripoll, State Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said the community had a fascination in the project.

"I know people who drive down the motorway at night to see the lights," she said.

"It is a fabulous visual experience."

The Dinmore to Goodna project is upgrading the existing motorway to six lanes and is expected to be finished in late 2012.

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