Road works for Burnett road on agenda for Jackie Trad
THE UNSEALED 12km of the Monto-Mount Perry Rd has not been forgotten by Acting Premier Jackie Trad.
"I don't have a fixed date, but I do want to reassure people (North Burnett Regional Council Mayor) Don Waugh is lobbying hard about when the different elements of the road can be fixed," she said.
"It is something I've come up here to talk to the council secretly about and Don is also talking to me about it."
Ms Trad used her visit to Monto on Tuesday to officially open the road, though traffic has driven on it since October.
"It's been a $15m investment in the local road to make it much better at sustaining natural disasters when they come," she said.
Monto and District Ratepayers and Residents Association member Lex Dow said the new parts of the road were a "Godsend" but has hopes the rest will be fixed sooner rather than later.
"We are very happy to see Jackie Trad come here today to see what work had been done, but also, and more importantly, to see the work that's yet to be done," he said. "We've just taken her over the white hills and I hope that she was impressed to see that the new road and old road are so different.
"It also highlights the need for the gravel road to be sealed because if anything, driving off from a highway-standard road to the gravel makes it doubly dangerous."
Ratepayers Association secretary Jack Muller agreed having Ms Trad drive over the road could potentially speed up the upgrade process.
"I think we can be hopeful that she's been here that the rest of it may get done because she has now seen what it was like," he said. "I found Jackie Trad very approachable; the exercise was very beneficial to us."
Despite having never visited the Splinters Creek Bridge before, Ms Trad was curious to see what the now solid structure looked like.
Cr Waugh said the increase of traffic flow over the bridge in recent years had deteriorated it to a point that even a school bus was too much weight.
"It is envisaged that the Splinter Creek Bridge project will provide an additional transport route for the agricultural sector, in turn increasing exports and reducing consumer costs," he said.
Cr Waugh said the road had to be closed because it became unsafe to use, especially for trucks using the mine.
Councillor Paul Lobegeier said it did not feel like 10 months had gone since the political entourage toured previously.
"They seemed to genuinely recognise the damaged parts of Monto they saw last time," he said.
"They were surprised at how quickly the farmers in the community had bounced back."