Pe­ti­tion to fix roads

Res­i­dents call for up­grades to Mt Perry thor­ough­fares

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie

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.

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