AWOL over cane haulage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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