GYMPIE needs its Bruce Hwy bypass well ahead of the State Government's announced 11 to 20-year timeframe - and so do the people of Maryborough and Bundaberg, Gympie Regional Council was told yesterday.
Mayor Ron Dyne told the meeting it would be better to extend the highway as a two-lane road from Traveston to Curra, rather than having four-lanes to Gympie only.
"It would be far better to have a bypass in five to 10 years rather than 11 to 20 years," he said.
Cr Jan Watt said that going from four lanes to two lanes and achieving the by-pass would address flooding problems and traffic volumes through Gympie, but would not be as safe.
Cr Larry Friske said the council would have to come up with "a commonsense -and hopefully achievable -proposal. Unfortunately, there's a (council) election in the way and it would be better if the next council went to see the incoming government for their position.
"We need to get together with the State Government and find out whether they would support us in an approach for funding to the Federal Government," he said.
Crs Graham Engeman and Ian Petersen urged the council to make the job an election issue.