Funding win for Gympie roads
THE Cooloola Coast and Gympie's flood route network have pipped Kilkivan to make the list of "significant" roads in the region to attract extra State Government funding.
Kilkivan's Blacksnake, Able and Harvey Rds were last week cut from the list to make way for the roads that connect Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach, and for roads used to get across the Mary River when the Kidd Bridge is under water.
Since becoming part of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Road Group, Gympie Regional Council has been allowed to define 20 council-controlled roads as 'local roads of regional significance'.
Projects to upgrade these roads are eligible for 50% State Government funding. Since adopting the original set of 20 significant roads in 2008, the council has made adjustments on several occasions to add new roads and remove others from the category.
Because Black Snake Rd now carries a low traffic volume, it has been struck off the list so more money can be accessed for the parts of Bayside Rd, Nautilus Dr, Investigator Ave and Queen Elizabeth Dr that connect the Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach.
Abel and Harvey Rd were cut to make way for Smerdon and Ramsey Rds on Gympie's southside.
Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett said the loss of Blacksnake Rd from the register was "a bit disappointing", though he realised the roads that made the list were equally important.
Cr Ian Petersen questioned Gympie's affiliation with the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Road Group as opposed to the Sunshine Coast.
"Are we happy that we are in the right regional road group?" he asked.
"We seemed to get more funding when we were part of the Sunshine Coast regional roads group."
Gympie's placement with the WBRRG was a State Government decision.
"If they had asked our opinion we would have said we preferred to stay with the Sunshine Coast roads portfolio," Cr Larry Friske said.
"But we were told to go north."
The other roads on the list are:
Anderleigh, Kinbombi, Watchbox, Counter (Boreen Pt to Tin Can Bay), Kandanga Creek, Kandanga-Imbil, Moy Pocket, River Rd and Graham St, Sandy Creek, Traveston, Traveston Crossing (with Dobson and Meddleton Rds), Fraser (with Corella, Old Maryborough, Fisher, Saleyards and Banks Pocket Rds), Hughes Tce (with Mt Pleasant Rd and John St), Cedar Pocket Rd to Gap Rd, Power Rd, Amamoor Creek Rd to the Muster site, and Wilson's Pocket Rd.