Why we all want to see bet­ter roads built

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

WITH the Monto-Mt Perry Rd bridge re­place­ment done, there’s nat­u­rally been calls from both res­i­dents and the coun­cil to get crack­ing on the rest of the road, which is an im­por­tant link be­tween the Monto-Eidsvold side of the North Bur­nett and Mount Perry.

By ex­ten­sion, it also links us with emer­gency ser­vices in Bund­aberg and while we have air­borne ser­vices, the road still gets used by im­por­tant providers and the con­di­tion it’s in puts many at risk.

Aside from the lack of seal­ing, there are a lot of close trees, so swerve too much and that’s it.

But that road might as well be the Yel­low Brick Road com­pared to the gravel track the Monto-Glad­stone Rd turns into when it reaches Kalpowar.

Hav­ing driven up there not that long ago to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in Glad­stone, I’m well aware of its con­di­tion, and I’ve been told by peo­ple who live in the area that it has only got­ten worse since then.

I felt gen­uinely un­safe driv­ing on that road and I’m in a tiny baby per­son’s ’05 Toy­ota Corolla.

Lit­tle cars like that get torn apart on that road, but even in some­thing big­ger I’m told the fastest you can go is 35kmh.

Worse still, school buses use that road. It’s close to the Kalpowar log­ging site, with trucks go­ing in and out de­liv­er­ing tim­ber.

We de­serve bet­ter roads. Get the word out, and maybe we’ll get them sooner rather than later.

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