Increasing traffic volumes on Birt Road has led to chronic dust problems for residents and prompted several on-site meetings with councillors

June 22, 2022

A long-running debate about dust and drainage problems on Birt Road north of Kingaroy may have been resolved.

At Friday’s Budget committee meeting, South Burnett councillors voted to spend $200,000 during the coming year to address the road’s issues.

However, a final decision will not be ratified until Council hands down its 2022-23 Budget on July 8.

While Council’s solution is less than the bitumen seal Birt Road residents requested, the revised proposal would address the full 2.7km length of the road.

It would also allow Council to put $1.2 million into a dozen other community projects.

These projects, which are also subject to confirmation, include:

  • A viewing platform and signs at Coopers Gap Wind Farm – $80,000
  • Drainage problems at Muller Street and Magnussens Drive, Tingoora – $50,000
  • Durong tennis courts and camping area – $50,000
  • Wooroolin skatepark – $50,000
  • Completion of Lions Park, Kingaroy – $150,000
  • Blackbutt CBD linkage to Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – $200,000
  • Weaners feature in Railway Park, Proston – $27,000
  • Proston Lookout – $50,000
  • Basketball half court, Murgon – $50,000
  • Gore Street, Murgon – $180,000
  • Upgrade of Tipperary Flat Park, Nanango – $250,000
  • Nine carports at BP Dam – $100,000

Council has proposed spending more than $13 million on roads during the next 12 months, and possibly tipping in extra funding from cash reserves to address urgent road reseals.

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