Over 100 families to lose 'dream homes' to Bruce Highway upgrade

Dozens of families could be forced to sacrifice their dream homes to make space for a major highway as entire streets are set to be bulldozed. 

More than 90 homes, a fire brigade and an ambulance station could be demolished as the state government pushes ahead with plans to expand the Bruce Highway.

Up to 24 homes were initially estimated to be affected by the controversial upgrades however in the space of a few days this figure has almost tripled. 

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokeswoman said up to 90 letters have been sent out to property owners warning they would be impacted by the project.  

‘There are about 120 potentially impacted property owners for the whole Gateway Motorway and Bruce Highway Upgrades project… these owners have been contacted,’ a spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia. 

The department said a third of the letters were sent to owners of private properties in Murrumba Downs, about 25km north of Brisbane. 

Up to 25 homes on a single street of the Aspire housing estate in Griffin face being demolished in addition to the newly-opened $6million Bracken Ridge Fire and Rescue Station and the Sandgate Ambulance Station. 

 More than 90 homes, a fire brigade and an ambulance station could be demolished in the Queensland government’s plans to expand the Bruce Highway (pictured)

Charmaine and James Jackson, who have two young sons, had lived in their dream home for less than two months before they were notified it would be bulldozed in the upgrades

The department spokeswoman said both stations would be moved to new locations nearby and would remain operational until new facilities were up and running. 

She said upgrading the motorway is ‘critical to ensuring this important road corridor can operate safely while catering for current and future traffic demands’. 

The state government forecasts traffic levels between the Moreton Bay Region and north Brisbane each day will increase by around 50 per cent by 2041.

Many devastated homeowners in Griffin were sent letters from the Department before even receiving the keys for their new homes this week. 

Half of the homes earmarked for demolition are newly-built while the other half are still under construction. 

Charmaine and James Jackson, who have two young sons, received an email on Monday informing them their ‘dream home’ at Griffin will be demolished.  

The young parents only moved into the newly-built $600,000 home less than two months ago on September 1. 

‘I haven’t been able to stop feeling sick since I got the email,’ Ms Jackson, 29, a stay-at-home-mum told Daily Mail Australia.

‘We thought we’d be in this house until our kids left home.’ 

The couple (pictured celebrating the purchase of their dream home) paid about $600,000 for the house and land and only moved in on September 1 

 Charmaine and James Jackson, who have two young sons, received their email on Monday informing them their ‘dream home’ at Griffin (pictured) will be bulldozed in the upgrades

Families who live in the Aspire development in Griffin (pictured) are set to see their dream homes bulldozed as part of $2.1billion upgrades to the Bruce Highway

Moreton Bay regional council mayor Peter Flannery told 4BC Radio host Neil Breen he hadn’t seen any ‘lines on the map’ until Thursday. 

‘And now we are having people who have been set letters in the mail or email saying your total house could be resumed for the widening of this road,’ he said. 

‘It’s probably a blueprint for how not to do good communication engagement with the community about vital infrastructure.’ 

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said on Thursday the upgrades to the Bruce Highway were ‘in the very early planning stages’.

‘Residents who are potentially impacted are the first to be notified,’ he said. 

‘We are committed to important upgrades like this which will see Queenslanders get home safer and sooner.’

Transport Minister Mark Bailey (pictured) said on Thursday the upgrades to Bruce Highway were ‘in the very early planning stages’

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