Fix the Bruce
DAWSON MP George Christensen is promising to finally “fix the Bruce” if his party is successful in its bid to win government.
Mr Christensen says if the Liberal National Coalition wins the federal election, there is money on the table to fix flood prone sections of highway such as Goorganga Plains. He says the Coalition would look at raising road heights or possibly re-aligning problem stretches.
“The money we’ve got set aside over the next five years, if there does have to be a realignment, will also cover the acquisition of the land,” he said.
Mr Christensen’s pledge of $15million for the section of highway from Lethebrook to Goorganga Creek, has been welcomed by his state colleague, Jason Costigan and Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney, who both said it was imperative that the region was able to remain open for business during periods of heavy rain.
“You just can’t say it’s in the too hard basket,” Mr Costigan said.
But Labor candidate Bronwyn Taha says these are just empty words about “another plan for a plan”.
“It’s lacking substance and credibility. There’s no plan there for the construction and if they were really serious about flood proofing that section of the Bruce Highway why didn’t they make it a priority in the 11 years they were in government,” she said.
“Instead, they’re making an announcement weeks before an election.”
Ms Taha said as a local resident she was fully aware of the need to flood proof the highway but “hundreds of millions of dollars” would be re- quired to fix the Goorganga floodplain.
Greens candidate Jonathon Dykyj agreed that flood proofing the road would cost “mega dol- lars”, but he suggested also looking at the root of the problem.
“If we don’t address the underlying issues and stresses on the highway of freight and trucks and how we distribute [goods], then we’re just going to be endlessly pouring money into it,” he said.
FIX IT: Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan (front) and Mayor Jennifer Whitney (right) are supportive of the commitment by Dawson MP George Christensen (back) to “fix the Bruce”.