Don’t pass on bypass: Perrett
GYMPIE Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett has called on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to commit to finishing at least half of the Bruce Hwy bypass of Gympie within the next decade.
The announcement made by Mr Abbott and Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss this week that an LNP Federal Government would complete the four lanes of the Bruce Hwy from Brisbane to Gympie within 10 years was exciting news for the region, Mr Perrett said.
But Section D of the highway upgrade - the actual bypass of Gympie - has now been split into two stages.
D1 will take the bypass from the Six Mile to the Gympie Connection Rd (Tin Can Bay Rd), and D2 will complete the bypass to Curra.
Mr Perrett said the Gympie region would gain flood immunity and so much more if at least Section D1 - to Tin Can Bay Rd - was part of the 10-year plan. At this stage, only the design of D1 is funded, not the construction.
Gympie Regional Council's new planning scheme has opened up more than 400ha of industrial land to the south and east of Gympie and is specifically aimed at capitalising on the proximity of the highway bypass and attracting investors and development. Another 1700ha of land at Kybong is also earmarked for possible future industrial.
"Yes, we welcome the news that they are going to build Section C (taking the four lanes to Keefton Rd), but they have now split Section D into D1 and D2. We would like to see them commit to D1," Cr Perrett said.
"This would open up those industrial areas we have identified to easy access to the highway.
"They are committed to funding the design of D1 but not the actual construction of D1,.'' he said.