Tarred road ‘a big help’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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