BURRUM BRIDGE: State refuses to support One Nation's calls
THE State Government has refused to support One Nation's calls to fund a feasibility study of a bridge linking Bundaberg and Hervey Bay.
The project was a key commitment in the recent federal election by One Nation candidate for Hinkler Damian Huxham.
Mr Huxham's petition attracted hundreds of signatures and called for the government to pay for a technical investigation and prepare a submission for federal funding.
Last week Main Roads Mark Bailey rejected Mr Huxham's petition to pay for scope works.
"A project of this nature is not within TMR's current forward program of planning," Mr Bailey wrote.
"At this time, no planning or feasibility assessment has been undertaken to demonstrate the economic benefits of such a (coastal) route," he said.
Mr Huxham said he was not disappointed with the result of the petition.
"What is disappointing is that the LNP Federal MP and Labor State Minister can't get past party argy bargy to get on with bettering our region," he said.
"I'll be lobbying with Pauline's Senate support for the study to be managed by an appropriate party such as Queensland Department of Main Roads or a committee of councillors from both councils."
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has promised $200,000 for a feasibility study into the project.
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Mr Bailey said the State Government had not been consulted by the Federal Government prior to the funding pledge being made.
Mr Huxham lost the election for the seat of Hinkler to Mr Pitt but party leader Pauline Hanson was elected to the Senate.
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