Friday, 19 February 2021
Conondale, Cambroon and Kenilworth locals will recall the Labor Government announced early last year that Maleny-Kenilworth Road between Lees Road and Booloumba Creek would finally be upgraded.
What they didn’t say was that those upgrades are not scheduled to begin until July 2022 at the earliest and Member for Glass House Andrew Powell is incensed.
“The budget the Government handed down last year showed that locals will be waiting years before they see a single shovel in the ground!” exclaimed Mr Powell.
Steve from Maleny Coachlines drives a school bus along Maleny-Kenilworth road daily and describes it as life threatening.
“The holes on the side of the road are so massive that you need to pull off [the side of the road] with 57 kids on board and it’s just a massive safety issue” said Steve.
The Maleny-Kenilworth Road upgrades will cost $4.9 million, of which $447,000 has been allocated for design work that has only just begun and is not due to be completed until the end of 2021.
“What this means is that commuters will continue to travel along this dangerous, disgusting road with no changes made to it for at least another year but more likely two or three.”
The actual construction is not budgeted to start until sometime in the 2022/23 financial year. It will begin in July 2022 at the absolute earliest.
“What I’d like to know is why it’s going to take the best part of 12 months to design the upgrade and possibly more than 12 months more till we see anything tangible happen. That’s just inefficient at best and incompetent at worst.”
“The people of Conondale, Cambroon and Kenilworth have every right to feel duped. The media announcement by the Government last year led everyone, myself included, to believe we’d see shovels in the ground within twelve months. It’s simply unacceptable!”
“The only good news in all of this is that when the upgrade actually happens it will include widening and sealing the single lane sections of Maleny-Kenilworth Road south of Lees Road in Conondale to Goades Road, Cambroon as well as either side of the Booloumba Creek Road intersection at Cambroon.” “I invite Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister Mark Bailey to come and drive Maleny-Kenilworth Road. And once they do, tell locals that they would be happy to let their loved ones drive that road on a daily basis. If they can’t do that, they need to explain why locals will be waiting more than two years to see the roadworks they promised last year!” concluded Mr Powell.