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POLL: Bridge over Burrum or new bridge over Mary River?

The site of the prosposed Hinkler Bridge linking Burrum Heads to Buxton.
The site of the prosposed Hinkler Bridge linking Burrum Heads to Buxton. Robyne Cuerel

FEDERAL One Nation candidate Damian Huxham will back the construction of a bridge over the Burrum River to cut the travel time between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.

Speaking alongside party leader Pauline Hanson at the Kondari Hotel, Mr Huxham threw his support behind the proposed bridge spanning from Burrum Heads to Buxton.

He later told the Chronicle the bridge, which is estimated to cut 40 minutes off the trip between the two cities, would benefit all ends of the Hinkler electorate, which stretches from Susan River to north of Bundaberg.

"If we can get something like that we can open the region up.

"A lot of people come up the coast and see Hervey Bay as a dead end.

"I want to be the one to build the bridge so we can all get over it."

But State Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said he was not in favour of building the Burrum Bridge.

Mr Saunders said he would prefer to see money spent on a new bridge over the Mary River to Granville.


"I'd prefer to see that get done first," he said.

"I'm not in the habit of funding federal projects.

"I feel there is more important issues." The support has buoyed bridge petitioner Doug Waters, who has spent years studying how the bridge could be built.

"They were at least willing to speak and say it's achievable" he said.

"Pauline is right behind the bridge."

Ms Hanson, who travelled from Childers to Hervey Bay on Sunday told Mr Waters it was so long she thought she was lost.

"She can see the necessity for the bridge to help tourism and cut travel time," he said.

Topics:  bruce saunders, burrum river, damian huxham, hinkler, one nation, pauline hanson, susan river




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