POLL: No bridge for Burrum
THE Maryborough electorate will be almost completely flood-proofed before a bridge is built over the Burrum River, Bruce Saunders says.
A petition has begun for the State Government to fund a feasibility study to build a bridge over the Burrum River to connect Buxton in the north to Burrum Heads in the south.
But the proposal has not garnered support from Mr Saunders, who said there were other priorities in his electorate.
"I am totally against the Burrum bridge - I won't be supporting it in any shape or form," he said.
"One of the things I am fighting for is to get the Burrum Heads Pialba Rd entirely flood-proofed as well as looking at Boonooroo Rd too.
What project is most important to you?
This poll ended on 18 April 2016.
A bridge over the Burrum River
A new bridge over the Mary River to Granville
Burrum Heads Pialba Rd entirely flood-proofed
I'm not sure at this stage
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
"I've been speaking with TMR (Department of Transport and Main Roads) to look at the floodplains on the road and how we can stop it flooding."
The most recent push for the Burrum bridge was started by Pauline Hanson's One Nation candidate for Hinkler Damian Huxham.
Mr Huxham called on Mr Saunders to support the project, adding it would benefit the wider region.
"Bruce is letting petty party loyalties get in the way of what's good for the community," he said.
"If the Granville bridge was to benefit the wider region, I'd support that too even though it's outside my electorate.
"Bruce seems to think his electorate stops at Susan River."
But Mr Saunders said there were other projects in the community that needed to come first.
"At this stage and with the tight monetary situation the Burrum River bridge is a pie in the sky project," he said.
Mr Saunders said a second bridge over the Mary River to Granville was more essential; especially if MSF's Mary Harbour precinct was built.
"I have other priorities," he said.
Mr Saunders is hoping this year's state budget will see funding allocated to begin progressing the second Granville bridge.