FLOOD FUNDING: The Monto Rd-Nellie Simpson Rd intersection was first cut off in 2010.
FLOOD FUNDING: The Monto Rd-Nellie Simpson Rd intersection was first cut off in 2010. Contributed

Gladstone-Monto Rd bypass funding welcome after 13 years

BOYNE Valley man Frank McKee may hang up his debating boots after the State Premier's funding announcement for the area on Monday.

Premier Campbell Newman announced the Gladstone-Monto Rd bypass will be fully funded by the Royalties for Region's grant.

"The back of the fight is broken, but it's not the be all and end all," Mr McKee saaid.

"Obviously we still have Marble Creek (another crossing) to worry about."

Gladstone Regional Council was contemplating a resolution to the problem in July, but the difference of its $400,000 to the State Government's $1.3 million is expected to provide a better end result.

Mr McKee said the main concern was getting a milk tanker through during flood time so the valley's Velvet Waters Farms Dairy did not have to throw out milk.

"I am hoping that what the Premier has announced will be trafficable in all weather," he said.

"If nothing is done about Marble Creek as it is now, it's still a four-day delay. Whether the dairy can hold off that long, I don't know. It will be touch and go."

After 13 years of trying to get the problem rectified, Mr McKee was surprised at the sudden and quick resolution.

"That funding is ready now, all it takes is for someone to grab the initiative," he said.

Boyne Valley funding

  • $1,384,320 from Royalties to Regions for a bypass along Gladstone-Monto Rd.
  • $71,300 to install automatic flood systems for drivers in Boyne Valley and Baffle Ck.


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