Bid to remedy flood obstacle
BUSINESS owners are losing thousands of dollars due to the repeated f l o o d i n g o f B l a k e y s Crossing and the subsequent interruption of their operations.
The notorious flooding troublespot was closed earlier this week and it is likely to be cut off again before the wet season is over.
Police of f i cers were called to direct traffic at the Mather St roundabout and lines of traffic were reported to be more than 2km long on Monday morning.
Local business owner George Clarke of Pacific Coast Engineering said it took him half an hour to crawl in traffic from his workshop in Enterprise St on to Woolcock St.
He s a i d b u s i n e s s e s were losing money as not only were customers deterred but the nature of many of the industrial
NOT AGAIN: a familiar scene at Blakeys Crossing businesses in the area meant they hired expensi ve equipment which spent what added up to hours stuck in traffic.
‘‘ All business off Ingham Rd between Mather St and the Ingham Rd Bohle lights are affected,’’ Mr Clarke said.
H e r b e r t M P E w e n Jones said he understood the frustration of business owners and motorists and urged them to sign t he Fix Blakeys Crossing online petition before he tabled it in Parliament on Monday.
‘‘ The problem we have is the government down here says if you’re stuck in traffic for half an hour, that’s life in any city, but this is Townsville and it’s not supposed to be like this here,’’ Mr Jones said.
‘‘ For the sake of $ 21 million it’s a public safety issue. If there’s an indust r i a l a c c i d e nt a t t he Bohle they’ll have to go all the way round, there’s no other way through.’’
He said although the road had been ‘ gifted’ to the council he didn’t believe it was their responsibility to pay for the repairs.
Anyone wishing to sign t h e p e t i t i o n o n l i n e s houl d v i s i t www. f i x blakeyscrossing. com. au.