Petition to fix roads
Residents call for upgrades to Mt Perry thoroughfares
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has turned to political channels to upgrade the Monto and Gayndah-Mt Perry Roads.
These roads provide an important link between the three shires, as well as a direct route to Bundaberg.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said there had been no plans from Transport and Main Roads to prioritise the roads.
“Those roads just don’t rate on any sort of priority level, but they believe they’ve got the Burnett Hwy that joins up the towns and we don’t need any other bitumen,” Cr Chambers said.
She said she didn’t expect TMR’s stance to change.
Gayndah councillor John Zahl said the lack of priority would continue to hurt the region.
“Right now you say to someone coming down in a van or a 4WD you’ve got 20kms of gravel road to get here, and they say ‘no thanks,’” Cr Zahl said.
In a community meeting, representatives of Mt Perry offered to put together a petition to get the roads fixed, which received 799 signatures in three weeks.
The mayor then passed this petition on to Callide state MP Jeff Seeney, who presented it to Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey at a Parliament meeting two weeks ago.
“Nine years ago the region was amalgamated yet Mt Perry still has not got a sealed pavement to their neighbours, with approximately 10 km of unsealed road to Monto and approximately 26 km of unsealed road to Gayndah,” Mr Seeney’s statement read.
Mr Bailey is due to give his response on July 14.
Until then, there are no plans to petition residents from other towns.