19 years, Granville waits on bridge
AFTER Granville was cut off twice in the 1992 floods, Joan Nowitzke collected 2000 signatures calling for a new bridge to Granville.
But those 2000 people, and many more, are still waiting 19 years later.
“There was a need 20 years ago, and there's an even stronger need now,” Ms Nowitzke said.
“When it was cut off then, there was no bread, no milk, no doctors – and it's no better.”
She said she started the petition after watching young families struggle when they were cut off.
“We suggested putting it near Walkers Point Road, and we were told there had even been some land put aside,” Ms Nowitzke said.
“I took the petition to the council to be sent on to Parliament, but I never heard anything about it again.”
Although the pensioner and her husband have now moved into a retirement home in Maryborough, she said she still felt strongly about the issue.
“The population there has quadrupled since the 1970s,” she said.
Member for Maryborough Chris Foley said demand for a second bridge was inevitable.
“When the Mary Harbour development goes ahead, it will double the population in that area,” Mr Foley said.
“What I'd like to see is another bridge downstream from the Brolga theatre.”
He said action needed to be taken now to put in new infrastructure.
“Under the South East Queensland Regional Plan, Maryborough has been identified as one of the biggest growth areas, and one area that growth will go is around Granville,” Mr Foley said.
“We will need substantial funding for infrastructure like a new bridge, and I will take it to Parliament so we can get that extra funding.”
REIQ Fraser Coast zone chairwoman Linda Bland said there was a consensus among Maryborough real estate agents that a bridge was necessary.
“It's imperative to the growth of the eastern side of Maryborough,” she said.
When asked about the possibility of a new bridge, a Department of Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said the department's most important task was to get the roads safe and open after the floods but planning for the future was still a priority.
“The department will continue to collaborate with stakeholders, including Fraser Coast Regional Council, to ensure all future transport needs for the region are considered,” she said.