State Member for Bundaberg David Batt is thrilled to see funding announced for two key road projects he has been fighting for since before the last state election in 2017.

Mr Batt has been calling for an upgrade to the FE Walker Street, Ashfield Road intersection and the instillation of turning and merging lanes in and out of estates on the Isis Highway at Branyan for almost 3 years now, with funding for both projects announced in today’s local paper.

Mr Batt said concerns about Bundaberg roads is one of the most frequent issues brought to his attention.

“Over the years, hundreds of residents have contacted me with concerns about these two road projects and I’d like to take this opportunity to again thank them for taking the time do to so.

“I have continually written to the Minister, launched petitions, spoken and asked questions in Parliament and regularly liaised with our local TMR management team to secure funding for these projects so I am over the moon to see the Government finally listening to our community’s calls for improvements to be made.

“$1.15 million has been committed to installing traffic lights at the intersection of FE Walker Street and Ashfield Road, which will drastically improve the safety of this intersection.

“$576,000 has also been committed for the instillation of merging and turning lanes at Kingston Town Way on the Isis Highway and another $555,000 for turning lanes at Park Estate Drive, also on the Isis Highway.

“Funding for the FE Walker Street, Ashfield Road intersection has been a long time coming – the LNP committed to doing this needed upgrade at the last election and has continued to call on the Minister to fund the work ever since.

“I’d like to thank the hundreds of people who signed my petition for the upgrade last year, as well as the parents and staff at the nearby schools of St Lukes Bundaberg, Kalkie State School and Bundaberg Christian College who have supported calls for change.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to Bundy Mum Carmen McEneany who has been at the forefront of this fight for a number of years, using the intersection herself at least twice each day when taking her kids to and from school.

“I’d also like to thank the dozens of residents from River Park Estate who have worked with me over the years to continually renew calls for TMR to assess the road conditions of the Isis Highway at Branyan and establish merging and turning lanes on this stretch of road.

“Securing these funding commitments from the Government truly shows that hard work and persistence does pay off.”


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

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