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Mayor opposes proposed Chinchilla bypass

2 November 2017

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh has gone on record to express his personal disapproval of a proposed bypass for the town of Chinchilla, saying it would cause economic harm to the vibrant community.

  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads has $1 million in funding to commence a Chinchilla Heavy Vehicle Planning Study as part of the Warrego Highway Upgrade Program;
  • Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was strongly opposed to a potential bypass around Chinchilla, labelling the planning study a waste of public money that could economically harm the town’s strong economy;
  • The Western Downs Mayor believes this funding would be better spent creating more overtaking lanes or repairing state roads in the region;
  • The Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce shares Mayor McVeigh’s stance on opposing the expenditure on the study and any future rerouting of traffic around Chinchilla.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh has voiced his concerns about the economic impact a bypass would have on the town of Chinchilla.

“I’m personally opposed to a bypass around Chinchilla for heavy vehicles or any vehicles for that matter,” he said.

“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.

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

“The study would be an extraordinary waste of public money. These funds would be better spent creating much needed overtaking lanes between Dalby and Chinchilla or repairing state roads in our region.”

Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Amanda Maurice also opposes the study and shares Mayor McVeigh’s concerns on future economic impacts of a bypass.

“As representatives of our local business community the Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry is strongly opposed to the expenditure on this study and rerouting traffic around the town,” she said.

“We’re all about welcoming travellers to enjoy what Chinchilla has to offer. A bypass would rob travellers of the opportunity to stop and shop; and more importantly, enjoy our welcoming hospitality.”

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Media Contact:

Cr Paul McVeigh | Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0408 700 392