Plans are being finalised for works on the Burnett Hwy through Goomeri.
Plans are being finalised for works on the Burnett Hwy through Goomeri. Contributed

Goomeri roads need upgrade

GOOMERI'S roads are in a poor state and residents are more than displeased with the lack of maintenance the Burnett Hwy receives.

The Burnett Hwy runs directly through town and is one of two ways you can access Goomeri from surrounding towns.

Road trains, trucks, cars, four-wheel drives, motor homes and motorbikes constantly pass through the area.

Local man Geof Stumm has lived in the area for more than 70 years and said the roads only started going down hill four years ago.

"It's been excuse after excuse," he said.

"Six weeks ago I was in Rocky and someone asked me where I was from. I said Goomeri and they said 'that's the place with the bad road'."

Mr Strumm said he believed the bad reputation would eventually start to affect the main tourist drag's business.

He believes the Gympie Regional Council has no control over the road and it is in the hands of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) because it is highway.

"I'd like to see the road completely done up with a levy bank to stop the floods," he said.

"That would stop any water going through."

Gympie Regional Council Councillor Larry Friske said it was a Main Roads job and the Council had been negotiating with Main Roads about construction.

The new road will be about 700 metres long and will cost more than $1 million dollars.

Cr Friske said construction was set for September and the Council would also be putting money to the construction to "tie up loose ends".

A TMR spokeswoman said the plans were in the pipeline.

"We are currently finalising plans to rehabilitate the Burnett Hwy between Hayden Dr and just south of the Wide Bay Hwy intersection in Goomeri," she said.

"The works include an asphalt overlay, reconstruction of the kerb and channel and improvements to the drainage culverts.

"Construction of a flood bank would have a negative impact on local drainage outlets and is not part of the project design."

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