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State Budget – Only 1.9% of State Network roads budget for the Somerset

13th June 2018

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, says just 1.9 per cent of the North Coast region State Network roads budget has been allocated to the Somerset region.*

Mrs Frecklington said this is an unacceptable amount, given the continued deterioration of the major connecting roads throughout the Somerset.

"It seems unbelievable that there is no funding for the D’Aguilar Highway within the Somerset Regional Council area, and no funding for new overtaking lanes or turning lanes for the Brisbane Valley Highway," Mrs Frecklington said.

"The Somerset road network has been completely overlooked and once again our regional communities will have to put up with a third class road system.

"The Esk community will appreciate funding which has been earmarked to commence the replacement of the Esk Fire Station. I’ll be watching this project to see that it is completed and on time.

"The Budget papers also list $1million to commence the restoration of the Jimna Fire Tower. It doesn’t go into detail about when this will begin, but it will be another project to watch closely and ensure it isn’t just a false promise from Labor which is never undertaken," Deb said.