Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien is
Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien is "disappointed” there was no funding for the upgrade to the Bruce Hwy/Wide Bay Hwy intersection. Tanya Easterby

'Death trap' Bruce Hwy barrier to prosperity: MP

WIDE Bay MP Llew O'Brien said he is disappointed with a State Budget which he says has little money for Gympie and lacks funding to fix a "death trap".

While Mr O'Brien welcomed funding for projects in towns in the region, he was dismayed there was no direct funding for the Wide Bay Hwy/ Bruce Hwy intersection upgrade.

"What's concerning for me is that where I was hoping to see a commitment of a couple million dollars towards the Wide Bay Hwy/ Bruce Hwy intersection upgrade, there's none," he said.

He said it would be up to Gympie MP Tony Perrett to "demand" the money for a road upgrade.

"That's an intersection that is a barrier to the economy locally, but it's also a death trap," he said.

"I know Tony's very passionate about getting it upgraded as I am."

Overall, Mr O'Brien decried the lack of new projects in the Budget, with most having been announced a while ago.

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"I think in terms of putting together a document with a lot of big numbers in it they've probably succeeded in doing that," he said.

"But when you dig down on the detail there's not much new money for Gympie."

He was pleased to see funding such as $900,000 for the fire and rescue station upgrade at Kilkivan.

"Little towns like Kilkivan and Goomeri and the like certainly need their service to provide those services maintained, and I certainly welcome any funding that connected to that," he said.

Gympie Mayor Mick Curran was agreed the Budget was "pretty tame" for the region specifically.

"The overall Budget seems to indicate its a budget for job growth right across Queensland," Cr Curran said.

He was happy to see the continuance of the Works for Queensland program, with funding for projects including the Rattler revitalisation, the Imbil lookout upgrade and the Mary River Walk.

He said the council wanted construction to start earlier, but welcomed funding which would allow regional projects such as the Curra Hall upgrade to start.

"We had a bid in for these funds and are thankful to have received it," he said.

Regarding funding for the Wide Bay Hwy/Bruce Hwy upgrade, he said that funding would come from Transport and Main Roads budgets, without having a specific line in the State Budget.

"It's my understanding that money, because it's been allocated by the Federal Government, the 20% component from the state will follow as a matter of course," he said.

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