100 signs to make Gayndah Mount Perry Rd safer
A $2.5 MILLION upgrade to Mingo Crossing Caravan Park is hoped to boost tourism for the North Burnett and give the region an attraction to boast, but the road to get there has travellers in for a bumpy ride.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said the current state of the unsealed road could deter people from visiting the park.
"And this is why we are all working hard to lobby the State to finish sealing the road," she said.
Department of Transport and Main Roads' solution? 100 new signs to make the trip safer.
"Motorists will soon experience a safer journey along Gayndah-Mount Perry Road with more than 100 new signs currently being installed along a 30km stretch," a TMR spokesperson said.
"Advance curve warning signs and chevron alignment markers are being installed at select curves to enhance the delineation of the road."
Special 'Gravel road - Drive to the prevailing road conditions' signs are also being installed at the northern- and southern-most changes from sealed to unsealed sections of road, and immediately south of the Mount Steadman Road intersection.
Weather permitting, the TMR spokesperson said the signage project is expected to be completed in October.
"As with any part of the state-controlled network, we'll continue to inspect the road and program and repairs as required," they said.
President of the Mount Perry Community Development Board Ken Schuster believes the new signage has partially come as a result of pressure from passionate locals who lost a family member on the dirt road.
The 27-year-old man died in December 2017 after he lost control of his four-wheel-drive on the Gayndah-Mount Perry Road near Mingo Crossing.
Just months before, in June, a petition of 799 signatures was presented to the Minister for Main Roads in parliament and the sealing of the road was not deemed a priority.
Mr Schuster said the signs won't be effective in making the road safer and North Burnett stakeholders will continue to work together to have the road improved.
"The signs are totally inadequate, it's just a waste of money," he said.
For months MPCDB has worked hard to compile a portfolio of incidents that have occurred due to the road's condition, by placing blank reports at businesses across the North Burnett.
"We have many incident reports to glean information from but at the end of the day, every single one of these reported incidents represents a potential tragedy," Mr Schuster said.
"How many people have to die before something is done about the road surface? Signs will not fix the rapid deterioration of the surface between grades on this road.
"I operate a mechanical workshop in Mt. Perry and just this morning we have had two shredded new tyres, one just north of Mingo and one on the unsealed section of the Mount Perry Monto roads. The evidence is here and now."
He encouraged anyone who is passionate about the issue to continue putting pressure on State Government.
"We need to create noise," he said.
"If you're passionate about it write a letter to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads or the local member.
"We've had enough of the damage, injuries and death."
MP Mark Bailey can be contacted by email at email@example.com.