A long road to upgrade
EVERYBODY has a Mt Perry-Monto Rd tale to tell.
For Melinda Jones, the owner of Rainbow Café, she got a flat tyre on an unsealed patch of the infamous highway eight years ago.
“I ended up being stuck in the dark, with no mobile phone service and with three kids – aged 10, 7 and 5,” she said.
“I waited for six hours... Three cars went past before one finally helped me.”
But stories like this could soon be a thing of the past.
As reported in last week’s Central and North Burnett Times, a crucial 12km section of the Mt Perry-Monto Rd will soon be sealed.
The news has been met with cheers, sighs of relief and more than a few mutterings of “it’s about bloody time” from Monto residents.
For Melinda, she will no longer have to worry whether her deliveries will arrive in one piece, and on time.
When it rains, delivery trucks often have to detour through Eidsvold.
The extra time this takes means she sometimes runs out of stock.
Other times the bumpy dirt road can be so rough her stock gets broken en route.
“One time sauce got smashed all over everything,” she remembered.
“It was horrible trying to clean it all up.”
Monto Caravan Park manager Trevor Anderson said he was relieved to hear the news.
“This (road upgrade) should have been done 30 years ago,” he said.
“I just cannot stress enough how beneficial this will be for Monto.
“We get lots of caravans come in complaining about that road.”
Ratepayers and Residents Association president Lex Dow agreed and said sealing this section of the road would benefit tourism and local businesses enormously.
“The road has been a definite deterrent to caravaners,” he said.
“It also dissuades potential visitors from Bundaberg, who could be out here exploring their hinterland.
“The road is just too hazardous and rough for many motorists.”
So, for the first time perhaps, a positive story about the Mt Perry-Monto Rd has got everyone talking.
ABOUT TIME: Rainbow Cafe owner Melinda Jones is among those happy about a road upgrade.