Tarred road ‘a big help’
FOUR-wheel-driving is not an activity many people feel up to when they are sick.
Carole Thomsett, a volunteer ambulance driver for 25 years, knows the difficulties of tackling the notorious Mt Perry-Monto Rd better than most.
“It can be traumatic trying to change a flat tyre when you have sick patients in the back,” she said.
In recent times ambulance drivers have had the option of transporting patients to Bundaberg along the smoother, but longer, Kerwee Rd.
With the promise of bitumen along a 12km stretch of the Mt Perry-Monto Rd in the near future, patients may soon get the best of both worlds: a comfortable ride in minimal time.
“I think this upgrade will be very helpful for both ambulance drivers and patients,” Ms Thomsett said.
Acting officer in charge at the Monto Ambulance Station, Phil Switzer, agreed.
“Tarring the road will certainly improve response times,” he said.
“That can only be a good thing for people of Monto.”
With the road conditions as they stand, some patients who do not require an ambulance said they prefer to drive the extra 74km to Rockhampton for medical attention, rather than driving the Mt Perry-Monto Rd.