TIME TO FIX OUR BRIDGES, ROADS
North Burnett infrastructure shaping up as key election issue as campaigning continues
THE LNP has promised $35 million to upgrade the Boyne River bridge.
State shadow minister for infrastructure Deb Frecklington made the announcement on Monday, as well as promising
$15 million to upgrade Mundubbera-Durong Rd in the South Burnett.
Mrs Frecklington said she knew the bridge upgrade was necessary for residents throughout the Callide electorate.
“When the LNP is in government we have committed to fixing up the Boyne River bridge, including the approaches.
“It’s a $35 million commitment – we need to realign the road, we need to fix up the bridge and so everyone can go over this bridge properly and make it safer,” she said.
Robbie Radel, Callide candidate for Katter’s Australian Party, said his party was 100% supportive of replacing the Boyne River bridge.
“If elected, we will ensure the bridge and the associated roadworks get done. I made a public commitment to achieve that and it will happen,” Mr Radel said.
“I am determined under the KAP to ensure that important projects such as this receive the funding required to improve the quality of life, safety and ensure business can get their produce to market efficiently.”
Jaiden Baker, Callide candidate for the Greens, said the party believed infrastructure was vital to the community but did not specify whether or not it would upgrade the bridge.
“The Greens support renewal of our communities
and businesses, and initiatives like these are important,” Mr Baker said.
But he said there were more issues to address in regional Queensland than bridges and roads.
“This is just the start. The people of Callide need more than roads. We need wholesale reform to
stimulate sustainable jobs so we rebuild communities, and for rural representation at all times, not just during the election cycle,” he said.
Mrs Frecklington said more infrastructure funding was sorely needed in the Burnett.
“It’s a $50 million
investment into this region (from the LNP),” she said.
“We know the North and South Burnett is an area that needs looking after. We produce so much of our food and fibre in this area and it’s important that the LNP look after this patch.
“Unfortunately, the Roads Minister Mark Bailey told me this section of road, the MundubberaDurong Rd, was really low down on his list and there was no funding.”
Mr Bailey was contacted for comment.
Mrs Frecklington said work on the Boyne River bridge would start immediately if elected.
FUNDING PROMISE: North Burnett Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan, shadow infrastructure minister Deb Frecklington, LNP candidate for Callide Colin Boyce and Mayor Rachel Chambers on the Boyne River bridge.