FORGING AHEAD: Wide Bay federal MP Llew O'Brien with Transport Minister Darren Chester and Gympie MP Tony Perrett at the Tandur highway construction site on Thursday.
FORGING AHEAD: Wide Bay federal MP Llew O'Brien with Transport Minister Darren Chester and Gympie MP Tony Perrett at the Tandur highway construction site on Thursday. Renee Albrecht

Cooloola-Noosa link road is closer than you think

A SEALED road link between the Cooloola Coast and Noosa may be a lot closer than we think, according to federal Transport Minister Darren Chester.

Mr Chester, Gympie state MP Tony Perrett and Wide Bay federal MP Llew O'Brien said Noosa Council had already sealed the link to the boundary with Gympie region and Canberra was very keen to hear details of state government and council contributions towards the Kin Kin Range section and Counter Rd.

With $2 million already promised for design work on the road (a promise re-affirmed by both men yesterday).

Gympie MP Tony Perrett, who also attended the Tandur press conference yesterday said the Cooloola Rd would be a very important boost for tourism at the Cooloola Coast.

The Kin Kin Range section is estimated to cost in excess of $10 million and will require a high level of inter-government co-operation.

The road will also bring economic benefits to Fraser Coast town, linking them also with the Sunshine Coast day-trip tourist market.

But one catch, as Tin Can Bay's Veronica Campbell discovered yesterday morning, was the extra danger at the already tricky intersections that link Tin Can Bay Rd to Rainbow Beach and Cooloola Cove.

Her husband Mal Campbell spoke to The Gympie Times yesterday, about the crash that might have killed her. That story will appear in tomorrow's The Gympie Times.

Mr Chester noted a worrying trend towards an increased road toll.

"We are getting better roads, people should drive the safest car they can afford, but we still need safe drivers," he said.

Gympie Times


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