Road up­grade to ben­e­fit farm­ers

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PRI­MARY pro­duc­ers around Chinchilla will ben­e­fit from ma­jor up­grades to one of the re­gion’s main roads.

An up­grade to Auburn Rd has been an­nounced to al­low heavy ve­hi­cles to ac­cess the route.

Auburn Rd cuts through a large agri­cul­ture area north­west of Chinchilla but is too nar­row in sec­tions for heavy ve­hi­cles and road trains to use.

Cur­rent re­stric­tions mean pri­mary pro­duc­ers travel hun­dreds of ad­di­tional kilo­me­tres to ac­cess feed­lots and sa­le­yards.

The up­grade is a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil and the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads.

Coun­cil­lor Greg Olm said up­grad­ing 36km of Auburn Rd would be a ma­jor ben­e­fit for many pri­mary pro­duc­ers in the re­gion.

“Sec­tions of the road will be widened and other main­te­nance will be con­ducted over the com­ing months.

“This will im­prove safety on the road for mo­torists and the lo­cal school bus, as well as im­prov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity for pri­mary pro­duc­ers to con­duct their busi­ness.”

Cr Olm said the Auburn Rd up­grade would re­ally ben­e­fit the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try in the Chinchilla re­gion.

“Be­ing able to eas­ily bring heavy ve­hi­cles and ma­chin­ery to your prop­erty will be more time-ef­fi­cient and cost-ef­fi­cient,” Cr Olm said.

The pro­ject will be funded by the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads as well as Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil’s Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Scheme Al­lo­ca­tion.

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