Road works will open re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Kather­ine Kokko­nen kather­ine.kokko­

A CRU­CIAL sec­tion of Mt Perry Rd will be sealed with fund­ing from the Roy­al­ties for the Re­gions pro­gram.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has been suc­cess­ful in its bid to seal the Mt Perry-Monto Rd.

The State Govern­ment an­nounced yes­ter­day fund­ing for the up­grade would come from its $495 mil­lion pro­gram.

Deputy Pre­mier and State De­vel­op­ment, In­fra­struc­ture and Plan­ning Min­is­ter Jeff Seeney said his govern­ment would pro­vide the ma­jor­ity of fund­ing for the road project, with coun­cil pro­vid­ing a con­tri­bu­tion.

“This fund­ing will deliver ap­prox­i­mately 12km of new bi­tu­men road to cre­ate a 16 kilo­me­tre un­bro­ken bi­tu­men stretch from the Bur­nett River to Roslyn Sta­tion,” Mr Seeney said.

“Up­grad­ing this road will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove its safety and ef­fi­ciency and will en­able the re­gion’s res­i­dents to more eas­ily ac­cess specialist and med­i­cal ser­vices avail­able only in Bund­aberg.

“Travel time and ve­hi­cle costs for businesses will be re­duced.

“The re­gion’s agri­cul­ture and re­source sec­tors are de­pen­dent on this vi­tal road con­nect­ing Bund­aberg to the North Bur­nett and its sur­rounds.”

Mayor DonWaugh said the road up­grade would give the North Bur­nett a new lease on life.

“This road is the lifeblood of the area from Monto to the coast,” he said.

“Be­ing a gravel road, it has al­ways needed main­te­nance and in the past it hasn’t been done reg­u­larly due to a lack of funds.

“This up­grade will ben­e­fit the whole re­gion and I can see it boost­ing the tourism in­dus­try as mo­torists will be able to travel through­out our his­tor­i­cal, pic­turesque val­ley with­out dis­com­fort and re­quir­ing a four-wheel drive.”

The State Govern­ment would fi­nalise other suc­cess­ful Roy­al­ties for Re­gions ap­pli­ca­tions in com­ing weeks.

“We promised to deliver bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture and bet­ter plan­ning and the Roy­al­ties for the Re­gions pro­grams does ex­actly that,” State MP Jeff Seeney said.

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