LONG WAY TO GO

Pe­ti­tion to fix Mount Perry road de­nied:

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

A BID for po­lit­i­cal help to up­grade the de­te­ri­o­rated Monto-Mount Perry and Gayn­dah-Mount Perry Rds has been knocked back.

On June 14, Cal­lide State MP Jeff Seeney sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion on be­half of Mount Perry res­i­dents to Min­is­ter for Main Roads Mark Bai­ley at a Par­lia­ment meet­ing.

“Nine years ago the re­gion was amal­ga­mated yet Mount Perry still has not got a sealed pave­ment to their neigh­bours,” Mr Seeney said.

The pe­ti­tion was or­gan­ised by lo­cals who gath­ered 799 sig­na­tures.

Mr Bai­ley sent a re­ply ad­dressed to Clerk of the Par­lia­ment Neil Laurie declar­ing there were no plans to up­grade or re­seal the roads.

“When plan­ning for fu­ture up­grades, projects must be care­fully pri­ori­tised so fund­ing goes to those iden­ti­fied as be­ing needed the most,” Mr Bai­ley said.

“Based on these re­quire­ments and other com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties across the state, up­grad­ing and re­seal­ing both roads is not con­sid­ered a pri­or­ity at this time.

“I thank the pe­ti­tion­ers for their com­mit­ment to bet­ter road in­fra­struc­ture and road safety out­comes.”

Mr Bai­ley noted in his re­ply that both roads had been re­cently graded, and would be graded again later in the year.

North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Rachel Cham­bers said she was deter­mined to fight the is­sue lead­ing up to the next elec­tion.

“We will have a fo­cus on seal­ing at least the Mon­toMount Perry Rd and we will be ask­ing for fur­ther up­grades along the Burnett High­way,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“Our re­gion needs to be con­nected, we need bi­tu­men in our towns, it’s re­strict­ing move­ment of peo­ple, the econ­omy as well as daily fare be­tween the towns.”

Cr Cham­bers said a larger pe­ti­tion than the Mount Perry one would be con­sid­ered, with a fo­cus on seal­ing the Monto road first.

“It is the first pri­or­ity be­cause it has the small­est amount left to do, and there’s been a lot of work and a lot of dam­age on that one re­cently,” she said.

Aside from pe­ti­tion­ing a wider se­lec­tion of the re­gion, the coun­cil planned to lobby ev­ery can­di­date in the state elec­tion, she said.

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