FIGHT FOR BUSINESS: Member for Warrego Ann Leahy said she would help Dalby businesses, struggling from ongoing roadworks.
FIGHT FOR BUSINESS: Member for Warrego Ann Leahy said she would help Dalby businesses, struggling from ongoing roadworks. Alexia Austin

Leahy to back our business

BUSINESSES on the Warrego Highway who are struggling with the loss of trade have a friend in the parliament.

Member for Warrego Ann Leahy has told the Dalby Herald she is willing to act on behalf of Dalby businesses who can show the roadworks have affected their trade.

There has been a push in recent weeks for compensation to be considered for business who have been directly effected by the ongoing roadworks.

The Department of Transport and main Roads has already stated there would be no compensation offered, however Ms Leahy feels there is a case to be heard.

"I am extremely sympathetic because when (businesses) lose their passer-by traffic, at things like roadworks like this, they really don't know until it happens how much it impacts,” she said.

Ms Leahy said if businesses could show the roadworks are the reason for a decline in trade, she would act on their behalf to the state government to secure compensation.

"Some businesses have approached me and what I have asked them for is the detail of where they can show from their takings what the drop has been since the roadworks have been in action,” she said.

"I have said to them that I am very happy to take that forward to the government and request some form of compensation.

"There is some precedence quite some time ago in Brisbane... so I would be happy to prosecute that argument for them with the state government.”


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