The story of congestion-busting marvel and how it has been delivered on budget and six months ahead of schedule.
The delivery of this vital piece of infrastructure is a sorry tale of government incompetence. The Tugun Bypass is years overdue and has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars more than it should have.
Here are some facts that you won't hear at the community open day:
• Every metre of the 7.5km four-lane bypass cost taxpayers $72,800 – making it one of, if not the most, expensive road built in Australia on a per-kilometre basis.
• It was first mooted more than 12 years ago to fix traffic delays experienced by commuters between Currumbin and the NSW border.
• In 2001 the bypass was estimated to cost $157 million with work due to start the next year. Nothing happened.
• By 2002 the cost had jumped to $240 million.
But the NSW Government intervened to scupper it on environmental grounds. During the 2004 election an alternative route costing $360 million was unveiled.
Months later the cost of the original route also jumped to $360 million after Queensland agreed to meet an array of environmental concerns raised by the NSW Government. The bill then went up to $518 million before settling at $543 million in February 2006 when work finally began.
So the cost to taxpayers of five years of inaction, bureaucratic bungling and infighting between governments is a grand total of $386 million.
For that price increase and the years of traffic delays, there better be more than just free sausages for locals at Sunday's open day.By Steven Wardill