ROAD TOLL: Flood damage to roads in the North Burnett will cost millions to repair.
ROAD TOLL: Flood damage to roads in the North Burnett will cost millions to repair. Contributed

Farmers' dire need to have roads fixed

LOCAL industries could start feeling the pinch from flood-damaged roads.

While there are still no predictions about he cost to repair the roads, the amount will be substantial.

And with the citrus-picking season just weeks away, concern surrounds access for industries.

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh said the costs could be more than $150 million, with farm roads hit particularly hard.

"When you drive on the Burnett Hwy, the repairs that ABI Group has completed are very good. But when you get on the farm roads where a lot of our industry is located, that's a different story," he said.

"With only a matter of weeks before the citrus picking season starts, we're going to be in a lot of trouble to get these roads repaired in time."

Queensland Transport Minister Scott Emerson said roads in the North and South Burnett regions were the hardest-hit in the state.

And Cr Waugh agreed that the region's roads were in need of desperate attention.

"You've only got to drive on any of these roads to see the damage that's been done," Cr Waugh said.

"There's damage to school routes, and routes people take to get to work, and we need to get them fixed.

"I had a bloke ring me the other day and he had about 7-8km of road that services two paddocks and at the bottom there is a great big scar across the road.

"He needs that road for his business, to get his cattle out."

Ravens Creek Bridge, Dahtlers Bridge and Waratah Bridge will be repaired using some of the $6.6 million recently announced for North Burnett's flood recovery.

However, there is extensive damage to many other bridges and roads in the region, and more money will be needed.  


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