Calls are heat­ing up for the Boyne River Bridge to be re­placed.

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tobi Loftus

MUNDUBBERA lo­cals have voiced their con­cerns about the Boyne River Bridge, say­ing it is now time for a new one to be built.

Gra­ham Lohse said he could re­mem­ber a time when hardly any­one drove along the Boyne River Bridge.

“I just came in from lunch a while ago and I met nine cars as I was driv­ing and five cars went past my place as I was back­ing out,” Mr Lohse said. “It’s a very busy road now. “Some­times I have to wait to go across the bridge as there could be five or six cars com­ing across.

“It never used to be like that; I could drive all the way to town and see no­body.”

Mr Lohse, who has lived on the south side of the bridge since 1969, said he had been left iso­lated from Mundubbera by flood waters cut­ting off the bridge in­nu­mer­able times.

“We were just com­pletely cut off,” he said.

“The wa­ter has got to drop re­ally low there be­fore you can get over the bridge.

“That’s the gate­way to the south now and you’ve got that one lit­tle low bridge there.”

Mr Lohse said he would like to see a new high-level bridge built be­hind Boynewood State School.

He said this would de­crease ac­ci­dents near the bridge. “In­stead of go­ing on to the bridge, they some­times go straight ahead,” he said.

“One day a bloke went straight out there, he had a ute full of fruit and it was that heavy he went straight out and on to the ground.

“There have been plenty of ac­ci­dents on there.”

Mr Lohse said some of the ac­ci­dents were fa­tal.

“A bloke lost his life there a num­ber of years ago,” he said.

“A truck came down from the other side and veered off the road there and he was killed.”

North Bur­nett Deputy Mayor Faye Whe­lan said she agreed with Mr Lohse, though there were no plans for the up­grade.

“It would cut across to make it a straight line to meet up with the Durong road, in­stead of go up and down and around,” Cr Whe­lan said.

She said the risk of the bridge flood­ing placed the re­gion’s econ­omy at risk.

“If we got pro­duce ready to be shipped and we can’t get through be­cause of that bridge, pro­duc­ers are go­ing to have losses,” she said.

“We’ve been lob­by­ing the gov­ern­ment both fed­er­ally and state for a num­ber of years. “The safety of the bridge, with the two lanes turn­ing to one go­ing on to the bridge and the sharp corners, I’m quite amazed there haven't been more fa­tal­i­ties.”

Cr Whe­lan said she rested the fu­ture of her ca­reer on the bridge.

“I’ve al­ways said that I wouldn’t re­tire un­til I achieved a new Boyne River Bridge,” she said.


CALL FOR CHANGE: Gra­ham Lohse has lived near the Boyne River bridge for years and has seen it flood nu­mer­ous times.


BUSY BRIDGE: Gra­ham Lohse has lived near the Boyne River bridge for years and has seen it flood nu­mer­ous times.

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