Mp welcomes budget funds

MEMBER for Callide Jeff Seeney has welcomed some significant road funding for the Callide region in the State Budget released this week.

“It is critically important to ensure our regions roads are reconstructed now to meet the increased traffic usage that has been building up for some years and this year's Budget allocations are a step in the right direction,” Mr Seeney said.

“I particularly welcome the allocation in the Budget for $36 million to begin the realignment of the Dawson Highway at the Calliope range.

“It is critically important that we have an appropriate road link to Gladstone so that our region can fulfil its development potential and the existing road down the Calliope Road has long been an issue that has been overdue to be addressed.

“I am pleased that the Government has recognised the inadequacy of this section of the Dawson Highway and even though the total cost of $70 million is high and only $35 million has been allocated to be spent in the coming year it will provide a permanent solution to a long standing problem on our main access road to the coast.

“I also welcome the allocation of $3.4 million for the widening of another section of the Burnett Highway north of Biloela.

“This widening work has been ongoing for some time and addresses an important safety issue with our existing roads and it is important that it continue on an annual basis.”

Mr Seeney said other allocations in the area included $11.3 million as part of a $65 million job to flood-proof the crossing of the Don River on the Leichhardt Highway at Rannes and $56.8 million for the Callide power station, which will boost the local economy of Biloela.

A CS Energy spokesman said the investment would enable an upgrade to Callide Power Station's B1 unit.

“This planned work builds on from the current overhaul work at site, which has been undertaken over the past few months,” he said.

Stage two of the maintenance and upgrade works will include an upgrade to the control system and generator rewind for the B1 unit.

The purpose of stage one and two works is to extend the life of Callide B.

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