Pres­sure to fix road

Gov­ern­ment must look at Mun­dub­bera-Durong Rd

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Michael Nolan michael.nolan @south­bur­nett­times.com.au south­bur­nett­times.com.au Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 2017

IF YOU’VE driven along the Mun­dub­bera-Durong Rd lately you’d know it’s a mess, and one man is de­ter­mined to do some­thing about it.

Peter Seiler from the Darr Creek Oa­sis truck stop is pre­par­ing a pe­ti­tion to pres­sure the South Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil and the State Gov­ern­ment for sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments.

“It’s a mess, ba­si­cally from the south side of the (South Bur­nett) right up to the north­ern end,” Mr Seiler said.

“The amount of gear that gets smashed on trucks is not funny.”

De­spite be­ing a main thor­ough­fare that car­ries thou­sands of heavy ve­hi­cles laden with cat­tle and grain the road has fallen into dis­re­pair.

The clay coun­try un­der a good por­tion of the road has buck­led leav­ing large de­pres­sions while the sin­gle lane sec­tions are worn away with drop-offs on ei­ther shoul­der.

The road is the main thor­ough­fare con­nect­ing the West­ern Downs with Rock­hamp­ton.

It car­ries beef cat­tle in from the west and grain from the south up to feed lots and cat­tle farms in north.

As a state road re­spon­si­bil­ity to fix it falls on the State Gov­ern­ment and the Depart­ment of Main Roads but Mr Seiler said the coun­cil should do more to pres­sure state politi­cians.

“Dare I say it, the west­ern edge of the shire, since amal­ga­ma­tion, doesn’t get looked after,” he said.

“I used to be on the coun­cil and I know it is dif­fi­cult.

“But when Mun­dub­bera got fund­ing for their sec­tion of the road they had to hound the State Gov­ern­ment and I think Kin­garoy has been re­miss in hound­ing them.

“They should send a re­quest every week if they have to.”

Mr Seiler will host the pe­ti­tion at his fuel sta­tion and he reck­ons it will get plenty of sig­na­tures.

“We typ­i­cally would have 100 or more ve­hi­cle stops in a day, ev­ery­one will say ‘Yippee’ and sign it,” he said.

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