Pressure to fix road
IF YOU'VE driven along the Mundubbera-Durong Rd lately you'd know it's a mess, and one man is determined to do something about it.
Peter Seiler from the Darr Creek Oasis truck stop is preparing a petition to pressure the South Burnett Regional Council and the State Government for significant improvements.
"It's a mess, basically from the south side of the (South Burnett) right up to the northern end,” Mr Seiler said.
"The amount of gear that gets smashed on trucks is not funny.”
Despite being a main thoroughfare that carries thousands of heavy vehicles laden with cattle and grain the road has fallen into disrepair.
The clay country under a good portion of the road has buckled leaving large depressions while the single lane sections are worn away with drop-offs on either shoulder.
The road is the main thoroughfare connecting the Western Downs with Rockhampton.
It carries beef cattle in from the west and grain from the south up to feed lots and cattle farms in north.
As a state road responsibility to fix it falls on the State Government and the Department of Main Roads but Mr Seiler said the council should do more to pester state politicians.
"Dare I say it, the western edge of the shire, since amalgamation, doesn't get looked after,” he said.
"I used to be on the council and I know it is difficult.
"But when Mundubbera got funding for their section of the road they had to hound the State Government and I think Kingaroy has been remiss in hounding them.
"They should send a request every week if they have to.”
Mr Seiler will host the petition at his fuel station and he reckons it will get plenty of signatures.
"We typically would have 100 or more vehicle stops in a day, everyone will say 'Yippee' and sign it,” he said.