Plan to push for repairs

MONTO residents want work done on the Monto-Mt Perry Road as a matter of urgency, after two men were killed in a two-car smash two weeks ago.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has planned a $738,000 upgrade for the road, including realigning the road to remove some curves, improving the vertical alignment and putting in more signs.

But work is not scheduled to start until early next year, and Monto Residents and Ratepayers Association member Graham Sanderson said the community had had enough.

“We’re out to achieve a safer road, and we won’t take no for an answer,” Mr Sanderson said.

“The work needs to be brought forward.”

He described the partially unsealed road as a “deathtrap”, with several hilly, twisted sections that create blind spots for drivers.

Mr Sanderson said the community was planning a mass meeting to draw attention to the campaign.

“We plan to fill the Shire Hall,” he said.

“We have all been to too many sad funerals as a result of that road and it is time to get it fixed.”

Member for Flynn Chris Trevor said he was aware of community concern over the state of the road.

“Several concerned residents have contacted my office,” Mr Trevor said.

“I have written to Minister for Main Roads Craig Wallace seeking advice to how we can fix this problem.”

North Burnett Region Mayor Joy Jensen said she planned to attend the meeting when its date was finalised.

“Council is keen to work with the community,” she said.

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