Card­well Range money well spent, but . . .

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

I AGREE with Main Roads Min­is­ter, Craig Wal­lace ( TB March 15) that the up­grade of the Bruce High­way over the Card­well Range is an ex­tremely im­por­tant pro­ject for North Queens­land. The Card­well Range cross­ing is in my elec­torate and I lob­bied the State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments hard for this pro­ject.

The cur­rent Card­well Range cross­ing is very dan­ger­ous, es­pe­cially in our reg­u­lar wet weather. Nu­mer­ous ac­ci­dents ( many fa­tal) and land­slides reg­u­larly close the Bruce High­way on the Card­well Range, sev­er­ing this vi­tal road trans­port route for North Queens­land. The cur­rent up­grade pro­ject will ad­dress these is­sues.

How­ever, be­fore Min­is­ter Wal­lace spends $ 200 mil­lion on an up­grade of the Bruce High­way at Cat­tle and Frances Creeks, he should talk to me and Her­bert River district lo­cals, who will tell him re­mov­ing Hy­men­achne weed from Cat­tle Creek and ex­cess sand from Frances Creek, will go a long way to ad­dress­ing this prob­lem.

With some com­mon sense from DERM, we could mit­i­gate the flood­ing on the Bruce High­way at Cat­tle and Frances Creeks for much less than $ 200 mil­lion.

ANDREW CRIPPS MP, Mem­ber for Hinch­in­brook.

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