TIME TO FIX OUR BRIDGES, ROADS

North Bur­nett in­fra­struc­ture shap­ing up as key elec­tion is­sue as cam­paign­ing con­tin­ues

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

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.

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