EDITORIAL: Granville bridge more urgent than Burrum
A BRIDGE across the Burrum River would open up the region for further tourism and development opportunities, and long-term benefits would abound.
But there are problems that require an immediate fix, and the Granville bridge is one of them.
The cost to fix the flood-prone roads on the approach to Granville has been estimated at $28 million - a comparable cost to the $30 million quote the Hinkler Bridge Steering Committee calculated for its own pet project spanning the Burrum River.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders is right to say we should fight for a Granville bridge repair before aiming higher.
Every time Granville and the outlying coastal communities are cut off, businesses on the "wrong side" lose thousands, or tens of thousands of dollars.
Thousands of people are isolated in their small suburbs, and it puts immense pressure not just on businesses and emergency services but the community as a whole.
That's not to say the Burrum bridge should not happen, as I believe it would be a win for the region.
But we need to consider the priorities at hand.
If the money is there to be spent - and so far, there's little sign of it - then it should go towards fixing the immediate problem.