UPGRADE NEEDED: School bus operator Graham Henningsen is a daily user of the Biggenden-Gooroolba Rd that urgently needs a total upgrade.
UPGRADE NEEDED: School bus operator Graham Henningsen is a daily user of the Biggenden-Gooroolba Rd that urgently needs a total upgrade. Erica Murree

Biggenden-Gooroolba Rd lacks funds for fix

RESIDENTS are pushing for upgrades on the Biggenden-Gooroolba Rd, which they say is so unsafe it's causing people to bypass Biggenden altogether.

Residents and Biggenden Bakery owners Garry and Bronwen Stark drive the 7km Biggenden to Degilbo section of the road three times daily, night and day.

They have organised a petition to get the road fixed, which has gathered around 100 signatures in 10 days.

The road is the main access road to Degilbo, where around 30 families live.

Mrs Stark said the road was also the main access to Paradise and Mingo dams.

"It is traversed by caravans, motorhomes and boats,” she said.

"As well as being a school bus route the road is used by B Doubles and timber trucks.”

Mrs Stark said the shoulders of the road were in a dangerous state and the bitumen strip was getting narrower by the day.

"There are more patches on this section of road than on Grandma's quilt,” she said.

"The 'patchworking' is a time consuming, expensive exercise for the North Burnett Regional Council on what is a main road.

"The road is dangerous and just waiting for an accident to happen.”

Some Degilbo residents don't use the road but come to Biggenden via Seccombes Rd for a smoother trip, or even skip the town and head to Childers to do their shopping.

At the same time as this petition started, contractors were on site grading the shoulders.

"But it is only a band-aid job,” Mrs Stark said.

Resident Carol Williams has had three windscreens broken since moving to the area, as a result of driving on the road.

"Now when I come to Biggenden I drive via the Mines Rd,” she said.

Mrs Williams encouraged others to sign the petition at Biggenden Bakery.

No funds for road upgrade

With a $1.8 million commitment to continuing the pavement rehabilitation on the Burnett Hwy in Tuesday's budget, the plight of the Gooroolba-Biggenden Rd continues.

A Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the current Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) did not include plans to upgrade the road.

"We will continue to monitor the condition of the road and seek funding for improvements where necessary,” the spokesperson said.

"Any future funding would be considered against other competing priorities.”

School bus operator Graham Henningsen has the capacity to carry 25 children from the Didcot area into the Biggenden State School along the Gooroolba-Biggenden Rd.

"The road is disgusting,” he said.

"I think the reason the road hasn't been upgraded is due to lack of traffic.

"That's because locals are using other roads to drive into Biggenden.

"When the bus is empty I use Seccombes Rd as it's a smoother ride.”


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