1930-1932 (ca.) Mt. Mee Road under construction

1930-1932 (ca.) Mt. Mee Road under construction

1930-1932 (ca.) Mt. Mee Road under construction

On 9th August 1929 it was announced by the Minister for Railways and Roads (Mr. Godfrey Morgan) that plans were complete for the construction of the first section of the new main Brisbane-Gympie road between Dayboro and Mt. Mee. Work would begin immediately and they intended to demonstrate the use of some new steam shovels on this work.  In October 1929 approval was given for earthworks, drainage, metalling, fencing and gates at a cost of £6535 ($13070).  About 15 local men were employed on the construction in addition to contractors.  The length of the section was 12 miles and the cost per mile was about £5000.   Work was very slow because of the rocky terrain and landslides were a problem.

The Brisbane Courier of 26th July reported “…During the recent rain two landslips occurred on the main road now being constructed between Dayboro and Mt. Mee.  It is estimated that the larger “slip” will cost somewhere in the vicinity of £1000 to repair, as all the foundations have moved several feet.” Disaster stuck on 5th February 1931 when over 9 inches of rain fell in nine hours.  There was 3 ft. of water in the main street of Dayboro.  Several landslides occurred on the main road to Ocean View and on the partly constructed road between Dayboro and Mt. Mee.  The damage on the partly construction road was estimated at between £6000 and £7000.

The Telegraph of 22nd November 1932 reported that tenders had been called for the construction of a B class timber bridge over Terrors Creek on the Dayboro-Mt. Mee Road.  The Telegraph of 19th January 1933 reported “…Work on the last section of the main road from Dayboro to Mt. Mee is now well in progress and it is thought that within a month or six weeks time this section will be ready for traffic.  All the piles have now been driven on the bridge over Terrors Creek about a mile north of Dayboro…”  The Brisbane Courier of 8th February 1933 reported “…The Northern Highway has been gazetted from Brisbane to Gympie, and its continuous construction carried out to a point at the north end of Mt. Mee, about 45 miles from the city, though a part or parts have been built beyond that place…As “gazetted” the highway extended from Brisbane via Petrie and Dayboro, over Mt. Mee, through Woodford and Peachester, to Beerwah and Landsborough…from near Dayboro to the northern end of Mt. Mee, it was a first-class gravelled or metal road…”