DISCUSSION: Mayor Paul McVeigh talking with locals about the proposed upgrades to the Warrego Hwy.
DISCUSSION: Mayor Paul McVeigh talking with locals about the proposed upgrades to the Warrego Hwy. Mick Doyle

Residents raise concerns with upgrades

A WIDE range of opinions were freely expressed in Thomas Jack Park, as the Department of Transport held a information session on the upgrades to the Warrego Hwy.

The public turned out to discuss the proposed upgrades, as well as question members of the department on concerns they had, last Saturday morning.

The main issues that were raised involved safety, noise and drainage around the new upgrades.

Ann Henschell, was one resident who was very concerned with the new upgrades.

"I think it these upgrades are unwanted and unnecessary,” Mrs Henschell said.

"There will be extra noise and extra traffic very close to backyards.”

Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh said it was important for the council to come to this event and here the concerns that the residents have.

"I am glad I have come down because people have raised genuine concerns that I will bring up with the department at our next meeting,” Cr McVeigh said.

"The council is having as much input as it possibly can.”

Cr McVeigh said that it was important to address the concerns of the public, but stated that the upgrade would be a good thing for Dalby.

"A lot of our roads need an upgrade to cope with modern day transportation,” Cr McVeigh said.

"Dalby is a destination town because of our grains and our crops and we want to get the best possible outcome for not just the trucking industry but for locals as well.”

The contacts for the upgrades are expected to be finalised within the next two months.


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