Jobs flood in for road fixes

GYMPIE Mayor Ron Dyne is not sure how the federal government does its sums, but he says he would be very happy to see the 1300 jobs promised as a result of major flood repair work on the region's highways.

Queensland Senator and Minister Assisting the Queensland Flood Recovery, Joe Ludwig, announced $260 million for repairing flood damaged highways throughout the Wide Bay Burnett area.

The weekend announcement described the package as "the biggest single funding announcement for the region, creating jobs, reconstructing roads and getting on with the task of rebuilding Queensland."

He said the money would repair "more than 330km of damaged roads."

The roads, include the Bruce Hwy, the Burnett Hwy between Goomeri and Gayndah, the Maryborough Cooloola Rd and the Gympie-Brooloo Rd (also known as Mary Valley Rd).

Other major roads included in the announcement are the Isis Hwy between Bundaberg and Childers, the Bunya Hwy, Goodwood Rd, Monto-Mt Perry Rd, Mundubbera-Durong Rd and Chinchilla-Wondai Rd.

Cr Dyne said the newly announced funding was "a substantial investment.

"I don't know where they get the 1300 figure from.

"That many jobs for Wide Bay is to be supported.

"A lot of these would be contractor jobs. A lot of money would tend to go to (Main Roads Department -linked contractor) RoadTek

"There will also be plant hire and truck hire and jobs that go with that. There will be some labouring jobs and engineering too," he said.

Gympie Times


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