AWOL over cane haulage
Re last week’s letter from Malcolm McKellar and silence for the plight of the affected local communities, I could not agree more. Our federal, state and local government representatives are absent without leave. Were they elected to support Mackay Sugar or the community? Where are the responsible officers from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, public servants with a duty of care for local communities? This is a clear road safety issue. The highway across the tableland and down the Rex Range is clearly unsuitable for the size and volume of trucks proposed. Each truck breaches the roads rules by crossing double white lines on the range. Local residents should insist that DTMR enforcement officers and Queensland Police enforce road rules that are promulgated to apply to all road users. In addition the proposal may breach of the Department of Transport and Main Roads own Road Traffic Noise Management Code of Practice. The reality is that this time next year some local residents or tourists will be injured or worse due to additional road accidents. Of course the taxpayer will pick up the bill for road damage and visitors will be deterred from exploring the Tablelands via Mossman.