Outback council rallying support to seal important road
THE Bulloo Shire Council is calling on the Federal and State Governments to help fund a vital connection between Southwest Queensland and New South Wales.
Warri Gate Road runs from the Silver City Highway at the New South Wales Border, to Noccundra and forms an important route between outback Queensland and Adelaide, Darwin and Brisbane.
But as the road isn't fully sealed, it can be inaccessible during wet weather.
Mayor John 'Tractor' Ferguson said it would be a great transport route to link Australia's major centres if it could be sealed.
"We've been chipping away for a while and we have 150km or so on that Warri Gate road," he said.
"It'll be a road for freight, for defence, for tourism.
"More people would come through, there'd be more traffic."
Cr Ferguson slammed the State Government for not getting on board with the project.
"We're trying to get some funding through Federal Government and State Government.
"The Federal Government's quite happy but the state government won't."
Council has been campaigning for the road to be fixed for more than two years to have the $74 million project completed.
Sections of the road have already been sealed with funds from the Bulloo Shire Council.
"It'd keep half a dozen people employed for years," Cr Ferguson said.
"It's a no-brainer - we've talked to the transport minister in Queensland and he won't even acknowledge it!"
A report released by Council states the road can be closed up to 12 times a year due to bad weather conditions.
Council could spend up to $44.7 million in maintaining the unsealed road over the next 15 years, according to the report.
There is a Facebook campaign to help garner support for the project.