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Fury as bridge cash axed

Dangerous crossing struck from repair list


PARENTS in the South Burnett region have expressed concern about their children’s journey to school after millions of dollars in funding for the “dangerous” GS Bond Bridge was scratched.

Nanango MP Deb Frecklingt­on said the bridge, which needed a complete replacemen­t and realignmen­t, was one of several in the region in desperate need of maintenanc­e works.

She said the news was particular­ly concerning in the wake of the Nanango electorate being ranked as the region with the second-highest number of road fatalities in Queensland.

“GS Bond Bridge is a bad bridge and there was hope several years ago when it was listed for a $13m overhaul,” Ms Frecklingt­on said. “However, in this year’s Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program, the funding for GS Bond Bridge has disappeare­d.”

Ms Frecklingt­on said she was told the funding had been removed and would instead go towards “higher priority” projects.

“The GS Bond Bridge should be a very high priority, given it is a very narrow bridge with inadequate signage, no safety railings, and low visibility and limited room on its approaches,” she said.

“It is a school bus route and I’ve talked with parents with children at Durong South State School who are very concerned about the safety of this bridge.”

Ms Frecklingt­on said the story was all too common in the South Burnett, with another dangerous bridge, the single-lane Tanduringi­e Creek Bridge on the Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd, facing the same situation.

“It has received no funding despite desperate calls from myself and the community after a near tragedy involving the school bus and truck,” she said.

Ms Frecklingt­on said the list of bridges in need of maintenanc­e included Running Creek Bridge on the Brooweena-Woolooga Rd, which burnt down, the Wide Bay Creek Bridge, which was reduced to one lane, and Coppermine Creek Bridge on KilkivanTa­nsey Rd.

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The GS Bond Bridge.

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