THE recent torrential rain has served as a timely reminder that another “wet season” is close with this one promising to be even wetter than usual if early signs are any indication. Residents of the Whitsunday region can make significant personal preparations for this season but the hotly debated road infrastructure equally needs some sensible prioritisation by the WRC.
Many Whitsunday coast residents will recall being diverted around Sugarloaf Road by police or council at times of flooding or traffic accidents which have necessitated temporary closure of part of the Proserpine to the Coast Road. This Sugarloaf diversion route has often been used over the years to ensure that the Whitsunday coast is not completely isolated and it has even been called “the missing link” due to its importance to the coast.
Council has recognised the importance of this diversion route over the years with significant flood proofing of Sugarloaf Road creek crossings. However unbelievably a mere 1.31 kilometre section of Sugarloaf Road remains unsealed and flood prone with road collapse in one place reducing traffic to one way.
Many Sugarloaf residents have frequently contacted WRC, held an on- site meeting with Council and provided photos of flooding and diversions to no avail. Another wet season is here and this section of road used by so much domestic, recreational (Pony Club) and commercial traffic and by residents and non-residents remains unsafe and untouched save for very infrequent grading.
Can Council please explain why good quality rural roads in the region with far less usage are still being resealed while this small section of an essential regional diversion road remains damaged and unsealed?
Timothy Kidd, Ian and Jan Lade, Pam Pole, John and Karen Harker, Jim and Leesa Groom, Hilton and Tracey Davies SUGARLOAF