HANN TRIP TOO COSTLY FOR SOME
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.