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Bec Seiler, Durong South State School P&C President, Bec Seiler, Nanango Fellow Deb Frecklington and Natalie Gordon, P&C Fellow, at the GS Bond Bridge over the Boyne River (Photo: Nanango Election Office)

August 27, 2021

The single-track bridge is on the main Chinchilla-Wondai road (Photo: Nanango Election Office)

Nanango MP Deb Frecklington is angry with future funding for one of South Burnett’s worst bridges, the GS Bond Bridge on the Chinchilla-Wondai Highway.

She said the bridge was dangerous and was in desperate need of a complete replacement and realignment.

“GS Bond Bridge is a bad bridge and there was hope several years ago when it was listed for a $ 13 million overhaul,” Ms. Frecklington said.

“However, in this year’s Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP), funding for the GS Bond Bridge has disappeared.

“We were told that the funding had been cut and that it would go to other ‘higher priority’ projects to move forward.

“The GS Bond Bridge should be a very high priority, given that it is a very narrow bridge with inadequate signage, no safety railings, poor visibility and limited space on its approaches.

“It’s a school bus line and I have spoken with parents of children at Durong South State School who are very concerned about the safety of this bridge.

“Unfortunately, this story is all too common, with another dangerous bridge, the Tanduringie Creek single-track bridge on the Kingaroy-Cooyar Highway, in the same situation. It received no funding despite desperate appeals from myself and the community after a near-tragedy involving the school bus and truck.

“The list of bad bridges in our area is long, with the Running Creek Bridge on the Brooweena-Woolooga Road (the bridge that burned down), the Wide Bay Creek Bridge (reduced to one lane and the speed limit lowered) and the Coppermine Creek Bridge (the single-track bridges) on the Kilkivan-Tansey Highway are all in desperate need of a complete replacement.

“Once again I implore the Labor government to look at the very high road statistics in our region and what is blatant: our regional roads need urgent funding to make them safe. “

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