Update 24 March 2016
Letter to the Editor
There has been a lot of talk in our community recently regarding works to fix the deteriorating state of the Maleny-Kenilworth Road, particularly the section from Cambroon to Kenilworth. I have been very clear that I feel the current state is inexcusable and unacceptable and due to my recent lobbying on behalf of our community, I was able to mobilise TMR crews to start urgent works to address potholes and uneven road surfaces ahead of the busy Easter weekend.
Many of you would be familiar with my annual walk along this stretch of road – some have even called it a political stunt. And you know what, they are right, and I make no apologies for that. This walk is my way of showing the community and the government of the day, regardless of which political persuasion, I have not given up the fight to fix the road. It provides me with the fuel to show TMR that I will stop at nothing to get a funding commitment from them to fix the road once and for all.
Now that more than $20 million has been spent to fix the landslips and replace Grigor Bridge after flooding events, I have renewed my demands to TMR and the Minister to prioritise funding for the rest of the road to ensure the ongoing safety of our community. You can join me in my campaign by visiting my website and sending me a message – www.andrewpowell.com.au.
Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
Update 23 March 2016
Statement from Andrew Powell MP
Member for Glass House
23 March 2016
“I can fully understand the frustration of locals at the state of the Maleny-Kenilworth Road between Conondale and Kenilworth. It is unacceptable and inexcusable.
Upon being notified of the state of the road I immediately contacted the Department of Main Roads who undertook a site visit the following day and ordered emergency works to be done before Easter – those works are occurring today and tomorrow. Work will continue after Easter to improve the gravel verge of the four kilometre stretch.
This outcome, whilst an improvement, continues to be at best a “band aid” solution and I have again called on Main Roads to bring forward a full upgrade – the construction of two bitumen lanes – at this location.
In the meantime, I ask any resident who uses this road and notices it deteriorating to urgently contact me on 5318 8100. Please don’t assume someone else has done it, call me so I can get action as soon as possible.”
Ends – 23 March 2016
Update – 22 March 2016
The state of Maleny-Kenilworth Road from Conondale to Booloumba Creek is unacceptable and inexcusable!!
I have spoken to TMR and have been told this afternoon that Contractors will be onsite on Wednesday morning (23rd) to make immediate repairs to the worst pot holes in time for Easter. They have assured me they will be back straight after Easter and throughout April to get the job done properly!
Thanks to the community members who have kept me informed on just how bad the road was getting.