Major upgrades for Fraser Coast
A COALITION government would tip $10 million into strategic road upgrades in the Hervey Bay area if elected and the work may be completed within five years.
Sitting members Warren Truss and Paul Neville yesterday jointly announced the funding contribution for extending Urraween Road to Boundary Road, completing the Old Toogoom Road and finishing the upgrade of River Heads Road.
Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger said it had been suggested that the council pay $5 million towards completing the projects but he said that would be negotiated as the funding became available.
He said the projects were already in the council’s 10-year capital program but, with a federal funding injection, he would recommend that they be prioritised and should be completed within five years.
Mr Truss said the road work was essential because the city was growing substantially and quickly.
“It’s essential there be some Commonwealth assistance to make these projects work,” Mr Truss, the opposition’s transport spokesperson, said.
“These proposals will make a real difference to the traffic flow in Hervey Bay.”
Money will come from savings the Coalition plans to make by cutting funding in other parts of the budget.
Mr Neville said the joining of Urraween and Boundary roads would form a new east-west corridor.
“Anyone who drives around Hervey Bay in the afternoon knows how quickly the roads are starting to clog and we’ve got to have this fourth artery,” he said.
He said it was a priority to make River Heads Road, the main road people took on their way to Fraser Island, safe.
Mr Kruger said the Urraween distributor road was a priority for the council because Boat Harbour Drive was at maximum capacity.