CAP­TAIN COOK HIGH­WAY A MESS OF IN­CI­DENTS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

On Mon­day morn­ing we went to Cairns for a medical ap­point­ment. We passed two sin­gle car ac­ci­dents and a two-car ac­ci­dent be­fore be­ing held up for an hour be­cause of an­other two-car ac­ci­dent. All this was be­fore Rex look­out.

The last ac­ci­dent re­sulted in one per­son be­ing air­lifted to Cairns and an­other per­son be­ing am­bu­lanced to Port Dou­glas.

Once the de­bris of the ma­jor ac­ci­dent had been cleared, traf­fic was re­leased in two spurts head­ing north to Port Dou­glas.

The sec­ond spurt con­tained 121 ve­hi­cles and the first was larger. All up there were at least 400 ve­hi­cles de­tained, in­clud­ing north­bound and south­bound traf­fic.

As well as 2 in­jured peo­ple and 6 smashed ve­hi­cles, flights were missed, ap­point­ments can­celled, sup­plies de­layed, late ar­rivals for cruises, etc. What a lousy way to start the day for lo­cals and tourists

For Port Dou­glas the Cap­tain Cook High­way is the only rea­son­able ac­cess: No rail­way lines. No planes.

Of course the Cap­tain Cook high­way is a state gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­bil­ity. But it is Dou­glas Shire’s life­line.

Should Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil be us­ing some of its po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal to spur the state gov­ern­ment into im­prov­ing the Cap­tain Cook High­way? What is more im­por­tant than sav­ing lives, re­duc­ing in­juries, prop­erty dam­age and long de­lays?

Bruce Gates, Cooya

Mark, Deb­bie, Chris­tine Price, Clau­dia and Lor­raine Boyd

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