MP takes to the road
Simpson hitches a ride to check out future needs
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.”
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.