May 3, 2019
The dangerous John Peterson Bridge on Mundubbera-Durong Road now looks set to get its much-needed upgrade, no matter which party wins the upcoming Federal Election.
ALP candidate for Flynn Zac Beers has matched a commitment by LNP candidate Ken O’Dowd to provide the funds for the upgrade of the single-lane bridge.
And while the LNP has budgeted $20 million for the project, the Labor Party has promised $24 million.
On Friday, the Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group – which has been lobbying all levels of government for the project – welcomed the announcement of funding by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
The low-level, flood-prone bridge is part of a vital freight route which links the North and South Burnett regions.
Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group chair Georgie Somerset said the commitment by Mr Shorten re-affirmed the critical role the John Peterson Bridge played.
“The actions of both major political parties in committing to support the upgrade of this bridge demonstrates how vital it is to the region,” Mrs Somerset said.
“A safe, efficient north-south route is of the utmost importance in the inland Burnett with a range of sectors, including agriculture and resources, depending on it for the movement of products and raw materials.
“The Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group appreciates the support from Labor candidate for Flynn, Zac Beers, and the $24 million announcement from Labor.
“Their commitment to the much-needed John Peterson Bridge project is a great step towards improving this important inland route.”
North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers said the commitment by Labor was “fantastic news” which encouraged confidence in the region.
“Investment in this regional priority will see an improved inland linkage with increased resilience to disasters such as flood events also providing a safe, efficient route for current and future development,” she said.
In a Facebook post, Mr O’Dowd accused the Labor Party of playing “catch-up” and said the promised funding for the bridge would “be on the never-never”.