Ignoring own advice
HOW can it be that councillors ignore the advice of their own study which was commissioned and paid for by them, their engineers, the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils and a huge majority of landholders in the area, and choose to put up a rescission notice to review the approval to build a bridge over the Woobadda Creek. Cairns Regional Council’s study undertaken in 2008 by RECS Consulting Engineers stated that ‘‘there is the potential for serious injury or death to result from a vehicle being swept off the crossing’’ and ‘‘water levels at the road crossing can rapidly increase to a depth of 2-3 metres following heavy rain’’. This is not some new project that just descended, council has already been working on this for months and has already spent $430,000. The appropriate approvals are in place and I understand designs are ready. Also, $2 million in State Government funding is already secured and the CRC contribution has already been budgeted for. And let us not forget that CRC has happily accepted rates from the Douglas area for the last six years, and must continue to govern the area fairly until January 1, 2014. Should CRC decide not to go ahead at this late stage, the work they have put in so far and the $430,000 will be forfeited and the commitment of $2 million from the State Government will be reclaimed - it cannot be transferred to some other project within the Cairns region. Are councillors really prepared to back out now and risk losing $2 million in State Government money just to get out of spending an extra $40,000 - much less than an average annual take home pay. It has been recognised for years that this crossing is urgently required for the safety of road users and it is unfair and unwise to play politics with peoples’ lives.