MP takes to the road

Simp­son hitches a ride to check out fu­ture needs

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By JIM ALOUAT

SHADOW Min­is­ter for Main Roads Fiona Simp­son stopped in Gin Gin dur­ing her jour­ney down the Bruce Hwy late last month as part of her tour to see first-hand what fu­ture works were needed.

Ms Simp­son hitched a ride with var­i­ous truck­ing com­pa­nies as they went about their nor­mal busi­ness of mov­ing freight across the state.

As part of her tour, Ms Simp­son met with Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett to dis­cuss the fu­ture needs of the re­gion.

“It was great to catch up with my col­league Stephen Ben­nett on my jour­ney along the length of the Bruce Hwy to get his feed­back on pri­or­i­ties for this re­gion,” Ms Simp­son said.

“Stephen has been a great ad­vo­cate for the Bur­nett area and has seen fund­ing pro­vided for lo­cal im­prove­ments to this es­sen­tial high­way.”

Mr Ben­nett said he was proud of the ef­forts of the for­mer LNP Gov­ern­ment in fix­ing the Bruce Hwy but knew more needed to be done.

“I have been ap­proached by a num­ber of peo­ple who have raised con­cerns re­gard­ing the some 60 trucks that travel through Childers ev­ery hour on a daily ba­sis,” he said.

Mr Ben­nett vowed to con­tinue to work with the com­mu­nity to im­prove the high­way, in­clud­ing de­sires for a heavy ve­hi­cle by­pass.

“We are ask­ing for the com­mu­nity’s feed­back on whether they would like to see a heavy ve­hi­cle by­pass to di­vert trucks away from the main street of Childers,” he said.

“Im­por­tantly, we are not talk­ing about a by­pass for gen­eral traf­fic, but strictly for heavy ve­hi­cles.

“I ac­knowl­edge that busi­nesses want to keep cars and car­a­vans com­ing into Childers to sup­port the econ­omy and to en­joy all the town has to of­fer.”

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PIT STOP: Shadow Min­is­ter for Main Roads Fiona Simp­son stopped in Gin Gin dur­ing her jour­ney down the Bruce Hwy and caught up with Bur­nett MP Stephen Ben­nett.

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