Cash splash has many ben­e­fits for re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett lo­cals and vis­i­tors are set to ben­e­fit from $6.9 mil­lion of road and tourism project up­grades co-funded by the State Gov­ern­ment’s Build­ing our Re­gions pro­gram.

Min­is­ter for State De­vel­op­ment, Man­u­fac­tur­ing, In­fra­struc­ture and Plan­ning Cameron Dick said the in­fra­struc­ture pro­gram was de­liv­er­ing tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits in the re­gion.

It in­cludes the now open $4.4 mil­lion Deep Creek bridge and $2.25 mil­lion Mingo Cross­ing Car­a­van Park up­grade.

Mr Dick said sup­port­ing de­liv­ery of projects such as these also helped boost re­gional economies through sup­ply chain op­por­tu­ni­ties and jobs for lo­cal busi­nesses and work­ers.

“Re­plac­ing the for­mer sin­gle-lane tim­ber Deep Creek bridge on the Gayn­dah-Mun­dub­bera Rd opens up road ac­cess to a route that has, un­til now, been in­ac­ces­si­ble for heav­ier ve­hi­cles and will, in turn, bring sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity ben­e­fits and en­hanced re­gional pro­duc­tiv­ity,” he said.

Mr Dick said the wider, stronger and more flood-re­silient re­place­ment bridge pro­vided im­proved mar­ket ac­cess for re­gional cit­rus and live­stock pro­duc­ers, re­gional ac­cess for emer­gency ve­hi­cles, and safety for all road users.

NBRC Mayor Rachel Cham­bers thanked the State Gov­ern­ment for sup­port­ing the de­liv­ery of two sig­nif­i­cant re­gional road and tourism in­fra­struc­ture projects.

PHOTO: BAR­CLAY WHITE

FACELIFT: Deep Creek Bridge has had an up­grade thanks to fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment.

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