Action call after fatality
ROCKHAMPTON councillor Sandra O’Brien has called on the Federal Government to fix the “shocking” condition of the Bruce Highway in Central Queensland.
Speaking after an army truck and semi-trailer crashed near Bajool last week, Cr O’Brien said Rockhampton Regional Council had resolved to organise a meeting with key stakeholders to look at areas of concern along the Bruce Highway.
And she backed the campaign to Fix The Bruce.
“It’s shocking,” said Cr O’Brien, who will be acting mayor for a week in October.
“There are lots of patches here and patches there.”
She said as the region grew, things would get worse.
“This highway is just so busy ... there is traffic everywhere,” Cr O’Brien said.
“When I come home late at night it’s not unusual to pass 10 trucks in a row.
“You only have to look at the statistics that show we will be a third bigger in a number of years.
“There’s a proposal for expansion at Port Alma, which will bring more trucks, and with so much more expansion at the mines, it’s going to get even busier.
“That means we’ve got to start looking at this right now and making things happen.”
There were many more minor crashes on the highway, she said.
“You can’t blame everything on driver error,” Cr O’Brien said.
Last month the Fix the Bruce campaign was launched calling for $500 million to allow for urgent repairs and upgrades.
“Every day that we wait for the Federal Government to take action is another day waiting for a fatal accident to happen,” Morning Bulletin editor Frazer Pearce said.
There have been 56 fatalities on the Bruce Highway between Gladstone and Mackay in the last six years.
The campaign is a joint initiative of The Observer, The Morning Bulletin and The Daily Mercury.