LONG WAY TO GO
Petition to fix Mount Perry road denied:
A BID for political help to upgrade the deteriorated Monto-Mount Perry and Gayndah-Mount Perry Rds has been knocked back.
On June 14, Callide State MP Jeff Seeney submitted a petition on behalf of Mount Perry residents to Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey at a Parliament meeting.
“Nine years ago the region was amalgamated yet Mount Perry still has not got a sealed pavement to their neighbours,” Mr Seeney said.
The petition was organised by locals who gathered 799 signatures.
Mr Bailey sent a reply addressed to Clerk of the Parliament Neil Laurie declaring there were no plans to upgrade or reseal the roads.
“When planning for future upgrades, projects must be carefully prioritised so funding goes to those identified as being needed the most,” Mr Bailey said.
“Based on these requirements and other competing priorities across the state, upgrading and resealing both roads is not considered a priority at this time.
“I thank the petitioners for their commitment to better road infrastructure and road safety outcomes.”
Mr Bailey noted in his reply that both roads had been recently graded, and would be graded again later in the year.
North Burnett Regional Council mayor Rachel Chambers said she was determined to fight the issue leading up to the next election.
“We will have a focus on sealing at least the MontoMount Perry Rd and we will be asking for further upgrades along the Burnett Highway,” Cr Chambers said.
“Our region needs to be connected, we need bitumen in our towns, it’s restricting movement of people, the economy as well as daily fare between the towns.”
Cr Chambers said a larger petition than the Mount Perry one would be considered, with a focus on sealing the Monto road first.
“It is the first priority because it has the smallest amount left to do, and there’s been a lot of work and a lot of damage on that one recently,” she said.
Aside from petitioning a wider selection of the region, the council planned to lobby every candidate in the state election, she said.