November 14, 2017
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington has promised two more important road upgrades in the South Burnett if the LNP is elected at the November 25 poll.
She said on Tuesday that a future LNP Government would invest $2.5 million to fix the single-lane southern section of Byee Road at Wheatlands, and invest an initial $1.1 million towards sealing the remaining gravel section of the Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road.
These promises follow last week’s promises to spend $50 million on replacing the Boyne River Bridge and widen an 11km section of the Mundubbera-Durong Road, and $4.5 million to widen and seal single-lane sections of the Kilkivan-Tansey Road.
Mrs Frecklington said the community have been calling for the dangerous single-lane Byee Road to be widened to two lanes for many years.
“Byee Road is a connecting road between the South, Central and North Burnett areas and it desperately needs to be upgraded,” she said.
“Wheatlands School is located on Byee Road and school buses travel this route each day.
“This is the type of road that the Palaszczuk Labor Government wouldn’t have a clue about. But for our community, and for those who use the road to travel north and south, it’s a key transport corridor.
“In its current state it is dangerous and needs to be widened to two lanes. If elected, the LNP’s investment of $2.5 million will fix the southern section from Wheatlands School to the intersection with the Wondai-Proston Road.”
Mrs Frecklington said the Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road was the main connector to the popular Bunya Mountains, yet it remained a dangerous, unsealed road.
“I have been fighting to have this road fixed for many years. Following a recent fatality on the Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road, I wrote to the Minister for Main Roads seeking urgent consideration of funding to seal the final sections,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“The response I received offered absolutely no assistance, and demonstrated no understanding of the importance of this road, not only to tourism, but to the locals who live with near misses on this road each and every day.
“My initial commitment of $1.1 million demonstrates the LNP’s commitment to fixing the Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road.
“Labor have neglected our regions for far too long and taken Regional Queenslanders for granted.”
Editorial note: Back on June 1, 2006, southburnett.biz reported:
While the national media was in a spin about merger talk, Nanango Shire residents will probably be more interested in another result from the gathering of National and Liberal Party politicians in Kingaroy yesterday.
If elected at the next State poll, they’ve promised to seal the “missing link”, the gravel gap in the Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road which has been discouraging tourists from visiting the Bunya Mountains from the Nanango side.
National Party candidate John Bjelke-Petersen has been pushing for some time for the Coalition to look at including this in their election package. Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg confirmed last night that this was now the case …
Unfortunately for the Maidenwell-Bunya Mountains Road, two things didn’t happen 11 years ago… John Bjelke-Petersen was not elected in Nanango at the September 2006 poll, and the National Party did not win government.