North swamped by fl oods

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NORTH Queens­land roads closed yes­ter­day: The Bruce High­way, Kennedy De­vel­op­ment Rd be­tween The Lynd and Hugh­en­den, Rich­mond to Winton, Penin­sula De­vel­op­ment Rd, Burke De­vel­op­ment Rd, Gulf De­vel­op­ment Rd, mul­ti­ple roads in Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil area, Nor­man­ton to Bur­ke­town. Bur­ke­town to North­ern Ter­ri­tory bor­der via Doomadgee, mul­ti­ple roads in the Gulf Coun­try. There is a 44-tonne load limit for ve­hi­cles on the Kennedy De­vel­op­ment Rd be­tween Mt Gar­net and The Lynd. and that the Gulf De­vel­op­ment road be­tween the Forty Mile Scrub east of Mt Sur­prise and the im­por­tant Gulf Coun­try town­ship of Nor­man­ton, which links to the port of Karumba, has been closed 264 times.

The Bruce High­way in the Ing­ham area has been closed f i v e t i me s s i n c e b e f o r e Christ­mas, caus­ing dis­rup­tion over the fes­tive sea­son and dis­tress to trav­ellers and busi­nesses all Queens­land.

Mr Wik­man said t here were sec­tions of the Bruce High­way that were 40 to 50 years old.

He said the in­creased fre­quency of flood­ing now made the road sit­u­a­tion a much more press­ing and ur­gent mat­ter than a few years ago.

He said the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the high­way to flood­ing was one of the crit­i­cal things that

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North had to be ad­dressed by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, which he said had dropped the ball as far as look­ing af­ter road trav­ellers in the North was con­cerned.

‘‘ The Bruce High­way is a ma­jor east coast trans­port cor­ri­dor and any clo­sures on it im­pact around the nation,’’ Mr Wik­man said.

‘‘ The RACQ as an or­gan­i­sa­tion calls on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to im­prove the

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