It only took a decade … but the upgrade of Maleny-Kenilworth Road is on its way!

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell is ecstatic to announce that after eleven years of lobbying, nearly $5 million is heading the way of Maleny-Kenilworth Road in upgrades.

“I’m pinching myself! The decade of petitions, emails, me walking the road and even locals blockading the road at one point have all paid off…finally. We’ve secured the funding!” said Mr Powell.

The $4.9 million will be used to design and construct two lanes – one in each direction – on Maleny-Kenilworth Road between Lees Road and Cambroon Creek and around the Booloumba Creek Road intersection.

“Maleny-Kenilworth Road is a designated tourist route. For it to have a single bitumen lane to accommodate tourists, locals, school buses and heavy vehicles has been disgraceful and dangerous. Ever since I became the Member for Glass House, it has been one of my number highest priorities to get it fixed.”

“I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to hear this news. It’s something that we in the valley have been waiting and looking forward to for many a long year” added Conondale resident Ian Fleiter.

Surveyors will be on the road soon to undertake detailed design work and the upgrade is expected to be complete in September 2021.

“My last request now is that if there’s any possibility, particularly with the looming “jobs crisis” following COVID-19, TMR accelerate the work and complete it for holidaymakers in Easter 2021.”

“The region has taken quite a hit due to COVID-19 and this would upgrade breathe fresh air into tourism vendors operating in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland” Mr Powell completed.

 

Ends 24 March 2020

                                    

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