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Two year delay in planning for Tanduringie’s bad bridge

20th March 2024

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington says there has been a two-year delay in the start of planning for the replacement of the dangerous single-lane Tanduringie Creek Bridge on the Kingaroy-Cooyar Road in the South Burnett.

Deb said funding for the planning works had been promised by the Labor Government in the 2021/22 Budget however a recent statement from the Department of Transport and Main Roads exposes this work has only just started.

“I am extremely disappointed that this crucial planning work has been delayed, given how dangerous this old, timber bridge has become,” Deb said.

“In 2021 there was a near tragedy on the Tanduringie Creek bridge when a bus carrying students from Tanduringie State School nearly collided with a heavy vehicle on the bridge.

“Despite ongoing calls from myself and community since then, the Labor Government have not committed any funding to actually replace the bride, however, we were hopeful that the planning project funding would help progress its priority.

“This is another clear demonstration of our regional roads being seriously neglected.

“On behalf of the Tanduringie State School community and other regular users of the Kingaroy-Cooyar Road, I will continue to advocate for the replacement of this bad single-lane bridge to ensure our kids can get to school safely and regular users of this road reach their destination safely,” Deb said.

Photo: Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington at the Tanduringie Creek Bridge.