Millions needed for Moy Pocket Rd
ADMITTING council was stuck between a “rock and a hard place” Gympie regional councillor Larry Friske said help was needed to foot the cost of a Moy Pocket Road upgrade.
Cr Friske said so far $3 million had been spent on upgrading the road and now council had decided to shift another half-a-million forward to this year’s budget.
Once that was spent to upgrade and widen about half-a-kilometre of the road there will be another three-and-a-half kilometres or $3.5 million of work left.
“That’s a very large chunk of our road works capital going into one road,” Cr Friske said.
Moy Pocket Road is a heavy haulage route for trucks that frequently take product from the Moy Pocket quarry, which is on the state’s strategic resources list, but wasn’t built to handle frequent heavy truck traffic.
Cr Friske said council paid for all the damage done to the road by trucks, despite the quarry’s state significance.
“We’ve actually got to rebuild the road to carry the weight, we can’t not do it. We need a safe road...It’s a five day a week major industry and our highest priority is for those using the road.”
He said it would take council “quite a few years” to finish the rest of the road if the state didn’t lend a hand.
Council approached the state government once already to ask for some funding assistance and now Mayor Ron Dyne will try again.
“It would be really nice if the government could give us a hand.” When Cr Dyne goes to speak with the state government he will also be lobbying for funding to upgrade Amamoor Creek Road.
A recent Works and Services Committee Meeting heard council had no funds to upgrade the National Music Muster access road.
The Amamoor Creek Road Residents’ Group has again written to council asking for safety upgrades at creek crossings that council estimated would cost $1 million.
But council will wait to see if the state would help fund an upgrade before undertaking any work.
“We feel that this and other road safety issues along Amamoor Creek Road are paramount and with the increase in traffic as discussed at previous meetings, these problem areas must be addressed as soon as funds become available,” the residents wrote.
Council’s Director of Engineering Services Bob Fredman said previous requests to the state had been unsuccessful.
In a report he wrote the case for a major upgrade was warranted due to safety concerns.
“Works will facilitate safer access to the site during wet weather and decrease the incidents of vehicle crashes on or adjacent the creek crossings.”