Business holds fear on bypass

NOT UP FOR IT: WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh isn't happy about the proposed study to asses a bypass of Chinchilla.
NOT UP FOR IT: WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh isn't happy about the proposed study to asses a bypass of Chinchilla. Mick Doyle

MAYOR Paul McVeigh has come out strongly in opposition of a proposed study to asses a bypass of Chinchilla.

The opposition to the study comes amidst growing fears Chinchilla would not be the only Western Downs town bypassed.

In relation to the proposed $1million study, Cr McVeigh said the local economy would be under threat if the bypass was to ever proceed.

"The Chinchilla business community has worked hard to build a strong local economy with a range of retailers and modern conveniences for locals and visitors alike,” Cr McVeigh said.

"Rerouting traffic away from the town's CBD would significantly impact these local businesses and harm Chinchilla's strong economy.”

There were rumours in Dalby about a possible bypass around town during the talks prior to the commencement of the Warrego Highway upgrades according to Dalby Chamber of Commerce Vice President Jim Charlton.

However Mr Charlton said Dalby residents would not have to fear about a bypass in the immediate future.

"I do not think it is an issue for Dalby at the moment,” Mr Charlton said.

"I believe there has been some preliminary worked discussed about how a bypass could possibly work, but the Department of Main Roads said to us during the discussions for the highway upgrade, bypassing Dalby was not on the agenda.”

Mr Charlton said he would be long out of business by the time bypass discussions were serious, but said when those discussion came, it would be an issue.

"I do not think there is a town, or at least business, in Australia which has benefited from being bypassed,” Mr Charlton said.

Topics:  chinchilla dalby dalby chamber of commerce paul mcveigh western downs

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