The Bruce Highway is appalling
YESTERDAY'S B-Double rollover at Raglan on the Bruce Highway highlighted the need for Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace to start focusing on areas outside of his own electorate.
The region continues to miss out on recognition of priority road infrastructure with no Main Roads funds for Gladstone regional roads for the next three years, except for the Dawson Highway realignment between Gladstone and Biloela.
In the past, Mr Wallace had been more interested in attracting Federal Government funding for the notorious Bruce Highway, in the North Queensland region than elsewhere.
He joined North Queensland mayors in calling for more funds for the highway in the lead up to the federal election.
“Before the last election, I got the mayors together and we were successful in securing more than $1 billion from the Federal Labor government for the Bruce Highway north of Sarina,” Mr Wallace said.
Chair of the North Queensland Mayors' alliance, Townsville Mayor Les Tyrell, said a united front was the key to success.
Gladstone Regional Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski described the Bruce Highway north of Gympie as “a goat track”.
“We are certainly disappointed with the lack of commitment at state and federal level to the roads in our region,” he said.
“I think there's got to be a massive commitment for the Bruce Highway, Gympie north.”
Traffic was diverted as a result of yesterday's rollover, along council roads that were not suitable for heavy vehicles, causing enormous dust plumes.
“It buggers the roads up but we recognise in a crisis people need to go around,” he said.