Media Release – Millions for major road rehab in South Burnett

Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett has welcomed funding of more than $8 million to
rehabilitate sections of two important connection roads in the South Burnett, providing safer journeys
for motorists and greater efficiencies for freight operators.

Works are set to take place on almost 10 kilometres on Chinchilla-Wondai Road and MundubberaDurong
Road, with designs underway.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the rehabilitation works were a win for both locals
and tourists to the North and South Burnett.

“The works will also improve the longevity of the roads and reduce future maintenance costs,” Mr Bailey
said.

On Mundubbera–Durong Road, staged rehabilitation will take place on a 6.8- kilometre section from
Chinchilla–Wondai Road to just north of Shellytop Road intersection.

On Chinchilla–Wondai Road, a 480-metre section through the Durong township will be rehabilitated
along with a 2.395-kilometre section near Darr Creek.

“B-doubles regularly travel on both roads so rehabilitating them will ensure they are capable of handling
heavier traffic well into the future.”

RDA Wide Bay Burnett was one of the stakeholders in a recently-formed Mundubbera to Jandowae
Roads Working Group which was formed to advocate and lobby for urgent upgrades and future planning
for increased freight.

RDAWBB executive officer Scott Rowe said the commitment from the state government was welcomed.

“Sections of these two important connecting roads are in disrepair so this is great news for road users
and for stakeholders that have been advocating for upgrades for many years,” Mr Rowe said.

“The Wide Bay Burnett accounts for 10 per cent of Queensland’s agricultural production and is a major
food bowl of the state with a variety of livestock, sugar, fruit, nuts, vegetables, timber, seafood and
specialty products grown and processed.

“Some of this produce is freighted on these roads to southern markets.”

The works will progressively take place from March and are expected to be completed by the end of the
year, weather permitting.

Mr Bailey said detailed design was also being completed for other potential upgrades along
Mundubbera–Durong Road.

“Design is underway to widen a single-lane section of Mundubbera–Durong Road between the council
boundary and Proston–Boondooma Road,” he said.

Further north, design is also being completed to replace the John Peterson Bridge at the Boyne River
near Mundubbera which is flood prone.

“This design work will ensure my department is in the best possible position to progress these projects
when funding becomes available.”

For further information please contact Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett
Executive Officer Scott Rowe on 0429 881 697.