BREAKING: LNP promises $50 million for infrastructure
THE Liberal National Party has promised $35 million to upgrade the Boyne River bridge.
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Deb Frecklington made the announcement today, as well as promising $15 million dollars to upgrade the Mundubbera-Durong Rd in the South Burnett.
Mrs Frecklington said she knew the upgrade was necessary for residents throughout the Callide electorate.
"I'm announcing when the LNP is in government we have committed to fixing up the Boyne River bridge, including the approaches and the bridge,” she said.
"It's a $35 million commitment, we need to realign the road, we need to fix up the bridge and so everyone can go over this bridge properly and make it safer.
"That's what everyone around this area was telling us, they need the b-doubles and the trucks to be able to get over this bridge properly so they can get the produce down to the market.”
The LNP also announced more than $15 million dollars could go to upgrading the Mundubbera-Durong Rd.
"We're going to put $15 million dollars to fixing up the Mundubbera-Durong Rd for 11km of the single lane road. That is just in the South Burnett, bordering the North Burnett,” Mrs Frecklington said.
"It's a $50 million dollar investment into this region, we know the North and South Burnett is an area that needs looking after, we produce so much of our food and fibre in this area and it's important that the LNP look after this patch.”
Mrs Frecklington said more investment needed to be made in the Burnett regions.
"Unfortunately the roads minister, Mark Bailey told me this section of road, the Mundubbera-Durong Rd was really low down on his list and there was no funding,” she said.
"This is also part of the $60 million dollar Beef Roads package which I'm also announcing today, we have 10 vital roads across Queensland that will be upgraded under the beef program.”
North Burnett Regional Council mayor Rachel Chambers said she was pleased the Boyne River bridge could be upgraded.
"I can't speak highly enough about this, it's been our number one priority for many years and it's not just for our region, it's a priority for the South Burnett and for us,” Cr Chambers said.
"Our produce, like Mrs Frecklington said, our produce has to go out, we have three seed ports and three international airports within a 250km radius of the North Burnett.
"We need to be connected.”
South Burnett Regional Council deputy mayor Kathy Duff said her council had tried hard to secure funding for the Mundubbera-Durong Rd and was excited for the future.
"It's just a wonderful announcement, the bridge and for us the 11km Mundubbera-Durong Rd is a major detraction for our region, when it says 'welcome to the South Burnett' it looks like a goat track and it concerns us,” Cr Duff said.
"It's going to be a huge positive for us.”