IT WOULD have to be the worst piece of road anywhere in Queensland — even crash test dummies would get out and walk. It has been dubbed the Kangaroo Route.
Most especially is the final 12kms or so enroute from Mundubbera to the T-intersection at Durong before turning towards Kingaroy or Chinchilla. It is still awaiting funding.
Whoever built that road should be made to drive it constantly for a day — if the vehicle is sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of poor engineering and road-building. Even the Romans built better highways.
Thankfully, and in the interests of road safety and vehicle wearability, the powers-that-be responsible for the road made an important decision: they lowered the speed limit.
At long last, though, something is being done about the scenic drive from Mundubbera to Durong that doesn’t allow the driver much scope to take the eyes off the road.
In coming down to priorities for this highway important to the economic prosperity of the region, in particular for primary producers and transport companies, the Member or Nanango, Deb Frecklington announced this week that an LNP Government will invest $15 million to widen and seal the single-lane section of the Mundubbera-Durong Road.
She said the commitment to the Mundubbera-Durong Road is a key investment for the region and one that has been needed for many, many years.
“With the realignment of the whole South Burnett region into the Nanango Electorate, one of the main pieces of feedback I received was that the Mundubbera-Durong Road needed to be upgraded.”
Mrs Frecklington also paid tribute to Cr Kathy Duff for her determination to get this road recognised for funding.
“She has been working for about 13 years to highlight the importance of Mundubbera-Durong Road and the need for funding.”
The Deputy Leader of the LNP and Member for Nanango said she personally inspected the 11km single lane section just south of the North Burnett-South Burnett boundary — “and it is obvious this section must be fixed.
“To complete the package, the LNP will also deliver the new $35 million Boyne River Bridge which will improve safety and make it more flood resilient,” she said.
Mrs Frecklington said the Mundubbera-Durong Road upgrade is all part of our plan to Build a Better Queensland by building a better regional Queensland.
Her announcement was linked to a $50 million investment to deliver vital safety upgrades around Mundubbera, which is a high-use road for heavy livestock transport vehicles.
“Nanango residents have suffered from a lack of new infrastructure projects for too long,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Enough is enough — an LNP Government will invest $15 million upgrading Mundubbera-Durong Road.
“And we will also deliver the new $35 million Boyne River Bridge which will improve safety and make it more flood resilient.
“This project forms part of the LNP’s comprehensive $80 million Better Bridges Program.”
LNP Candidate for Callide Colin Boyce said the upgrade would also create much-needed jobs and stimulate regional communities.