Johnson says funding not adequate

THE $4.7 million announced for repairs to the Peak Downs Hwy near Clermont by Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace in parliament this week is not even a tenth of what is required, according to the Member for Gregory, Vaughan Johnson.

Mr Johnson said to address the road situation in the Isaac Regional Council area would require millions of dollars.

“To widen the Peak Downs Hwy in Isaac Shire would cost $20m and to improve the Belyando Crossing would cost $15m. And then there is the deplorable condition of the Clermont-Alpha-Tambo Rd” he said.

“This road would break a snake’s back. For the carriage of livestock it is deplorable. I wonder what the RSPCA would think if they got behind road trains on this road.”

Mr Johnson said the road was now going to carry heavy mining equipment as well as Type 1 and Type 2 road trains for the conveyance of livestock, and domestic and tourist traffic.

“There is 120km in the Isaac Shire that is unsealed, 37km of narrow, four-metre seal, 100km that has unsuitable vertical and horizontal alignments for the traffic and speeds and old timber bridges on the Belyando Crossing and Native Companion Creek,’ he said.

“Kevin’s Corner is going to export some 60 million tonnes of coal a year. This is from a location 50km north of Alpha. This is narrow-seal road which is unsatisfactory for the transport of heavy mining equipment and freight loads. Improving this would cost about $30m and realigning the northern end would cost about $75m with another $65m to seal that road along the new alignment.”

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