FATAL: The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted two male patients following a single-vehicle rollover near Boondooma Dam where a 40-year-old man died on Monday January 14.
FATAL: The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted two male patients following a single-vehicle rollover near Boondooma Dam where a 40-year-old man died on Monday January 14. RACQ Lifeflight

Horror crash prompts call for road upgrades

A TRAGEDY on our roads adds weight to calls for continued upgrades on the Mundubbera-Durong Rd.

Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said there was no doubt the Mundubbera-Durong Rd needed a major funding injection.

"It is a dangerous road, and it is devastating that the loss of a life is the only way we can highlight how important it is to bring this road up to standard," she said.

A 40-year-old South Toowoomba man died after his ute hit a tree along the Mundubbera-Durong Rd on Monday January 14.

The Queensland Police Forensic Crash Unit is currently investigating the incident which occurred in Boondooma at around 12.30pm.

"The fatality on the Mundubbera-Durong Rd is heartbreaking and my thoughts go out to the family of the driver," Ms Frecklington said.

"It's simply unacceptable that there is no funding for the Mundubbera-Durong Rd in the Government's Transport and Roads Investment Program for at least the next three years."

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A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said every death on our roads was a tragedy and each incident was investigated.

"We will also undertake an independent crash investigation, as we do with all fatalities, to identify if there were any contributing road factors," they said.

This investigation will consider factors such as road design and visibility.

"If any road factors are identified, we will address them," they said.

More than $8 million of funding was announced in January last year to upgrade sections of the Munduberra-Durong Rd and Chinchilla-Wondai Rd.

"The rehabilitation works will improve the longevity of the roads and reduce future maintenance costs," the spokesperson said.

Rehabilitation works which have since been completed include:

  • 2.8km section of Mundubbera-Durong Rd, extending north from the Chinchilla-Wondai Rd intersection near Durong.
  • 2.3km section of Chinchilla-Wondai Rd, starting near hoares Rd and extending north.
  • 480m section through the township of Durong, starting near the Mundubbera-Durong Rd intersection and extending east.

Mundubbera to Jandowae Roads Working Group chairwoman Georgie Somerset welcomed the upgrades, but called for more work to be done.

"There is still single lane sections and it is a road that requires caution which is why it has the signs on it," she said.

"We continue to advocate for it because we do think it is a very busy route for the inland Burnett."

The group has been petitioning for work to be done to make the Mundubbera-Durong Rd safer, as well as upgrades to the John Peterson Bridge over the past year.

"The work that has been done has been very much welcomed and have improved the state of that road, but we want to be sure the work that has been done is long term as well," she said.

There is a 12km stretch of single lane along the road which still concerns the group, even though the South Burnett Regional Council has done shoulder work there.

The group plans to meet with federal candidates at the end of the month to encourage funding election commitments for the bridge.

TMR has committed the following works will recommence in the coming month:

  • 4km section of Mundubbera-Durong Rd extending further north from the recently-rehabilitated site.
  • 3.2km section of Chinchilla-Wondai Rd north of Darr Creek. This site will be separate and in addition to the $8 million package of rehabilitation works.

Transport and Main Roads will continue to inspect the condition of Mundubbera-Durong Rd and program maintenance works, as required.

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