June 15, 2021
Memerambi-Gordonbrook Road was inspected after an ambulance slid off an unsealed section, Transport Minister Mark Bailey confirmed on Tuesday.
However, the Minister did not indicate when the gravel section would be sealed.
The ambulance crash occurred about 2:40pm on March 18 this year.
Police were called to the incident after the QAS vehicle slid off the gravel road into a dirt drain running alongside it.
No one was injured in the incident and the ambulance was not damaged.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington quizzed Minister Bailey in a Question On Notice about the incident, saying there were ongoing concerns about the deteriorating condition of Memerambi-Gordonbrook Road:
Will the Minister advise
(a) When funding will be provided to upgrade and seal the 7km unsealed section between Hirst Creek and the Chinchilla-Wondai Road, and
(b) When funding will be provided to upgrade the sealed section to improve the road shoulders and potholes?
Mr Bailey said the Department of Transport and Main Roads had inspected the gravel section of Memerambi-Gordonbrook Road after the crash.
“In addition, Memerambi-Gordonbrook Road is inspected once a month and routine maintenance grading and repairs are scheduled as required,” he said.
“Prior to the crash, the road was inspected on March 1, 2021, at which time Memerambi-Gordonbrook Road was considered to be in a good condition.
“The road was inspected again on May 24, 2021, following the crash and subsequent wet weather.
“The unsealed sections were last graded in January 2021 and, based on the road condition at this time, the next grade is scheduled for July 2021.”
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