Would you drive your van on this rocky road?

Gov­ern­ment so­lu­tion is to in­stall more than 100 signs

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Felic­ity Rip­per Felic­ity.Rip­per@cnbtimes.com.au

A $2.5 MIL­LION up­grade to Mingo Cross­ing Car­a­van Park is hoped to boost tourism for the North Bur­nett and give the re­gion an at­trac­tion to boast about, but trav­ellers head­ing there are in for a bumpy ride.

Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said the state of the un­sealed road could de­ter peo­ple from vis­it­ing the park.

“And this is why we are all work­ing hard to lobby the state to fin­ish seal­ing the road,” she said.

But the Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads’ so­lu­tion is to in­stall 100 new signs to make the trip safer.

“Mo­torists will soon ex­pe­ri­ence a safer jour­ney along Gayn­dah-Mount Perry Rd with more than 100 new signs cur­rently be­ing in­stalled along a 30km stretch,” a TMR rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

“Ad­vance curve warn­ing signs and chevron align­ment mark­ers are be­ing in­stalled at select curves to en­hance the de­lin­eation of the road.”

Weather per­mit­ting, the TMR rep­re­sen­ta­tive said the sig­nage project was ex­pected to be com­pleted in Oc­to­ber.

“As with any part of the state-con­trolled net­work, we’ll con­tinue to in­spect the road and pro­gram and re­pairs as re­quired,” the spokesper­son said.

Mount Perry Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Board pres­i­dent Ken Schus­ter said the new sig­nage had par­tially come as a re­sult of pres­sure from pas­sion­ate lo­cals who lost a fam­ily mem­ber on the dirt road.

Mr Schus­ter said the signs would not be ef­fec­tive in mak­ing the road safer, and North Bur­nett stake­hold­ers would con­tinue to work to­gether to have the road im­proved.

“The signs are to­tally in­ad­e­quate, it’s just a waste of money,” he said.

For months MPCDB has worked hard to com­pile a port­fo­lio of in­ci­dents that have oc­curred due to the road’s con­di­tion.

“We have many in­ci­dent re­ports to glean in­for­ma­tion from but, at the end of the day, ev­ery sin­gle one of these re­ported in­ci­dents rep­re­sents a po­ten­tial tragedy,” Mr Schus­ter said.

“How many peo­ple have to die be­fore some­thing is done about the road sur­face?

“Signs will not fix the rapid de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the sur­face between grades on this road.”

Mr Schus­ter en­cour­aged any­one who was pas­sion­ate about the is­sue to con­tinue putting pres­sure on State Gov­ern­ment.

“We need to cre­ate noise,” he said.

“If you’re pas­sion­ate about it write a let­ter to the Min­is­ter for Trans­port and Main Roads or the lo­cal mem­ber.

“We’ve had enough of the da­m­age, in­juries and death.”

MP Mark Bai­ley can be con­tacted by email at trans­portand­main­roads@min­is­te­rial.qld.gov.au.

The signs are to­tally in­ad­e­quate, it’s just a waste of money.

— Ken Schus­ter

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