THE STATE of the inland highway route between central Queensland and Toowoomba — and especially the Mundubbera-to-Durong and Chinchilla-to-Wondai sections — which are crucial to the overall economic prosperity of surrounding regions, has encouraged the formation of the Mundubbera-to-Jandowae Roads Working Group.
Discussions have been ongoing between various parties, which have highlighted the need for improvements to the State-controlled roads, and has resulted in key stakeholders joining forces to form the much-needed group.
While it is widely acknowledged there is no ‘quick-fix’ solution to address the current issues and concerns surrounding the roads in question, the Working Group is committed to working collaboratively to build the case for required funding. The group will also examine the broader case for regional connectivity to transport hubs through the Burnett inland region.
Mrs Georgie Somerset, Deputy Chair of AgForce Queensland, will Chair the newly-formed Mundubbera-to-Jandowae Roads Working Group and brings strong local knowledge to the group along with her AgForce experience.
Kristy Frahm, CEO of the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO) will facilitate the Working Group and assist in the co-ordination of required data and information to enable informed decision-making by members.
“We welcome business owners, including primary producers, industry bodies, tourism and transport operators and others, to submit information and data regarding their current activity related to the road between Mundubbera and Jandowae,” Mrs Frahm said.
“We are also keen to identify any potential business development and growth improvements to this route would provide for businesses, and what opportunities are being lost.”
South Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Keith Campbell, says the roads between Mundubbera and Jandowae form part of an important linkage for agriculture, tourism, transport and other industries, contributing not only to the economy of the South Burnett, but also that of neighbouring regions.
“Areas of these State-controlled roads are a great cause of concern for Council, and we fully support the Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group in their efforts toward improving the route,” Mayor Campbell said.
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Rachel Chambers, has also thrown her full support behind the lobbying efforts. “These roads are crucial links in the future of our economy. Lack of investment in logistics infrastructure is holding rural areas back.
“Good freight and supply chains increase efficiency, safety and productivity and by doing so they encourage growth of industry and related businesses,” she said.