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Somerset welcomes State Member support as SH17 fight continues

SOMERSET Regional Council has welcomed the support of Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington as the funding fight for State Highway 17 (Brisbane Valley Highway) continues.

Published: November 8th 2019

SOMERSET Regional Council has welcomed the support of Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington as the funding fight for State Highway 17 (Brisbane Valley Highway) continues.

Mrs Frecklington this week said urgent action was required to address the substandard state highway, drawing praise from Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann.

“Deb’s support is certainly much appreciated by the entire Somerset community, it’s great to have the Member for Nanango on our side,” Cr Lehmann said.

“Importantly, it’s not just council and Deb saying the state highway needs serious money poured into it.

“A report by independent consulting engineers GHD and the RACQ’s Star Rating and Crash Risk AusRAP Assessment both confirm SH17 simply isn’t safe.”

Mrs Frecklington said the state highway was an important piece of infrastructure for communities across South-East Queensland.

“It is critical the Labor Government listens to our calls for funding for State Highway 17,” Mrs Frecklington said.

“Together with Somerset Regional Council we continue to highlight the fact that more and more vehicles use this highway every day, yet the government refuses to provide any funding to improve the road north of Esk.

“The Roads Minister only considers the highway to be a ‘popular scenic drive’. This comment shows how out of touch he is with the Somerset region.

“Sadly, people continue to lose their lives on State Highway 17. Surely they deserve to be able to get to their destination safely?”

Find the full GHD report here: https://bit.ly/339uPY0.

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