Road works will open region
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.