Road prob­lems

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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