Group rallies for safer roads across Burnett
STRONG regional political support has boosted the ongoing battle to upgrade critical roads and bridges to improve safety and freight connectivity across the Burnett.
The Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils, which consists of the six local governments across the region, has agreed to prioritise the John Peterson Bridge and connecting Mundubbera Durong Rd.
This regional endorsement comes off the back of a Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group delegation to state transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey on August 22.
Roads Working Group chairwoman Georgie Somerset said the political endorsements were an important step to getting funding commitments for the road network.
"It really feels like we are starting to get some traction with regional endorsement and acknowledgement of the work of the Roads Working Group from the State Minister,” she said.
Members presented Minister Bailey with a petition of more than 2000 signatures, coordinated by Peter Seiler, Darr Creek Oasis and Rural Supplies.
This highlighted the support from road users for immediate improvements to the route.
Ms Somerset said a safer road network was crucial to many Burnett businesses.
"Just in the Burnett region alone, tonnes of cattle, pigs, grain, fruit and nuts are transported on a daily basis on these roads from Central Queensland to the Darling Downs, in and out of feedlots, piggeries, and processing plants,” she said.
"With growing demand for agriculture and some great opportunities in the sector for the future, it is crucial that governments upgrade infrastructure including the John Peterson bridge and connecting roads for future safety and prosperity.”
For the agribusiness sector to thrive in Australia, the ability to freight input onto farms and get produce out is critical.
The state-controlled roads, especially Munduberra-Durong Rd and Chinchilla-Wondai Rd, continue to carry increasing volumes of traffic and are crucial to the economic prosperity of several associated regions.
The Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group has met with Flynn member Ken O'Dowd who is lobbying the Coalition Government to assist with funding to upgrade the bridge.
The group has received support and acknowledgement from all three levels of government regarding the importance of improving the roads and replacing the bridge.
"Current scoping and costings are almost complete and we will then call on state and federal governments to prioritise funding and construction,” Ms Somerset said.