HANN TRIP TOO COSTLY FOR SOME

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

WHEN the seal­ing of the Hann High­way ( above) be­tween Lynd Junc­tion and Hugh­en­den is done and dusted there’s ev­ery chance the cat­tle trucks, tourists and lo­cal trans­porters will have the road to them­selves. I spoke to two ma­jor Queens­land truck­ing com­pany op­er­a­tors who con­duct multi- daily trips be­tween the Far North of the state and the south­ern cap­i­tals in­clud­ing Ade­laide and Perth. They both said they would be con­tin­u­ing to use the Gregory De­vel­op­ment Road and the Tor­rens Creek- Ara­mac road for the long runs. One op­er­a­tor, who sends two to three trucks south ev­ery day, said the fuel burn and the dis­tance was too much on the Hann. Bris­bane- based Clin­ton Lind­say, from Lind­say Trans­port, has a de­pot in Ma­reeba. His trucks carry ba­nanas, blue­ber­ries and av­o­ca­does to the south­ern cap­i­tals. He said his trucks usu­ally exit the Table­land via the Palmer­ston High­way to In­n­is­fail from where they head south to Townsville, Char­ters Tow­ers, Cler­mont and so on. He said on oc­ca­sion they will go out to Mount Gar­net and down to Char­ters Tow­ers via Green­vale. “We’d only go fur­ther out than that if it was flooded ev­ery­where else,” he said. The Tor­rens Creek- Ara­mac road cuts 400km off the coastal high­way trip to Mel­bourne. It is a huge time and fuel sav­ing for a com­pany run­ning more than 20 trucks a week down to Vic­to­ria and be­yond.

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