New in­land high­way is a con­cern

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - Troy Kip­pen

THERE is a push to have an in­land high­way route from Bris­bane to Cairns that will travel through the North Bur­nett.

What must be re­mem­bered is that th­ese high­ways do not al­ways di­vert around our com­mu­ni­ties and any in­crease in traf­fic will in­evitably im­pact on our lives and the fu­ture of our town­ships.

RACQ has al­ready as­sessed the high­ways in the re­gion and has re­ported that safety now was a con­cern with­out the im­pact of greater traf­fic flows if the route be­comes an al­ter­na­tive to the Bruce Hwy.

There is no doubt an al­ter­na­tive has to be found, with another route needed to re­duce the pres­sure on the main link north.

But any in­land route will need sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment, not only in up­grad­ing the road, but also re­duc­ing the im­pact on our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

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