Progress on the second range crossing from the Mt KyNoch lookout. Friday Aug 19 , 2016.
Progress on the second range crossing from the Mt KyNoch lookout. Friday Aug 19 , 2016. Nev Madsen

Making a connection

WESTERN Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh is leading the call to recognise the significant and positive impacts Toowoomba's Second Range Crossing will have on the Western Downs by naming the new bypass "The Western Downs Connection Road”.

Mayor McVeigh has written to Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey proposing that the Second Range Crossing be named The Western Downs Connection Road in recognition of the project's significance to our region.

Council says construction of the Second Range Crossing, that will bypass Toowoomba, will deliver considerable economic and social benefits to the Western Downs; meaning local businesses will be closer to the markets and ports of Brisbane, and make the Western Downs a genuine day trip possibility for 2.5 million south-east Queenslanders.

Dalby will become the first regional centre that travellers heading west from Brisbane or the Gold Coast will arrive at, which Cr McVeigh said would deliver new opportunities to grow retail and service industry sectors.

Cr McVeigh said he believed the name The Western Downs Connection Road reflected where the economic and social benefits of this new infrastructure would be felt most.

"I've written to the Minister outlining why I believe the Second Range Crossing is a game-changing piece of infrastructure for our regional economy and proposing it be named The Western Downs Connection Road,” he said.

"I'm excited by the many and varied economic and social advantages this project will bring and I believe that the Western Downs is set to benefit the most, even more so than Toowoomba.

"As well as closing the gap between business and industry in the Western Downs and the markets and ports of Brisbane, the road will boost tourism, turning our region into a viable day trip destination for visitors from south-east Queensland,” he said.

"The Second Range Crossing is going to be fantastic, but just imagine if it was called The Western Downs Connection Road.

"Now that really would put our region on the map.”

Cr McVeigh faces a battle, however, after the Lockyer Valley Regional Council endorsed a proposal in June to name the crossing after Aboriginal warrior Multuggerah.


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