Ring road brings more to region
THE additional employment benefits of the Bundaberg Ring Road completion became obvious at the commissioning of the project Tuesday.
Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace officially opened the $100 million project and Bob Goodwin, managing director of local contractor VDM Constructions Bellero, let it be known how much it has meant to the region.
“At least 90 per cent of the employment from this project came from Bundaberg or the Wide Bay region,” Mr Goodwin said.
“We do need more projects to keep employment in the Wide Bay.”
Mr Goodwin made his case with the fact that the Ring Road project was completed on budget and three months early.
Mr Wallace said the Ring Road would improve safety and travel times, and reduce congestion in the fast-growing region.
“Seven hundred and fifty people were bringing home the bread and butter through this project,” Mr Wallace said.
“It's the biggest road investment by the state government in Bundaberg.”
Mr Wallace said the commissioning recognised the efforts of local organisations involved in the project.
“My department is committed to minimising the impact of road projects on the environment and this is clearly evident by the work undertaken by the environmental team in Bundaberg,” he said.
“The team worked closely with environmental groups to ensure all species and their habitats were protected - including the vulnerable wedge-leaf tuckeroo plant.”
Mr Wallace also planted a wedge-leaf tuckeroo plant underneath the newly-named Wedge-Leaf Tuckeroo Bridge, with help from local members from Landcare, the Green Army and Skill Centred.