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Chamber calls for upgrades to range road

The Mareeba Chamber of Commerce is calling for federal funding to undergo studies on the upgrading of the Kuranda Range Road.

Chamber president Joe Moro said the chamber has long advocated for a new assessment of existing and potential other upgrading options for the range now wants the Federal Government to come to the party with funding.

“We are aware the Star Government is in the throes of applying or $21 million to allow for a strategic assessment of service requirements, preliminary evaluation and a detailed business case,” he said.

“The detail required and complexity of the road and its environment means this work can’t and won’t happen overnight.

“We’d like to see this funding made available to the state as soon as the application is made and duly considered, to allow for an immediate start to the planning study.”

Mr Moro said the growth and prosperity of Mareeba Shire would continue to suffer unless action was taken to improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of the vital transport link.

The State Government is currently undergoing a $1.25 million study to pinpoint specific safety upgrades on the range that need to be prioritised.

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