Time to address state of Bruce Hwy for freight

Alex Livingstone.
Alex Livingstone.

A BRUCE Hwy crisis action plan was released last week by the Queensland Government.

The plan, Out of the Crisis, identifies more than 50 capacity and flood-mitigation projects, and hundreds of kilometres of safety treatments to be delivered during the next 10 years.

Growcom welcomes this document and calls on the Federal Government to match the Queensland Government's $1 billion over the next 10 years to upgrade this crucial road.

Queensland's main freight route is absolutely essential for getting produce to market. It is shameful that there is still no all-weather road from Brisbane to Cairns.

In a recent two-year period, the Bruce Hwy was cut by flooding alone on more than 440 occasions. The resulting delays cause damage to time-critical produce such as fruit and vegetables, and cost growers and the economy serious dollars.

Although the Bruce Hwy is a federal responsibility, the Queensland Government has offered $1 billion in the sort of co-operation that will be needed to fix the problems on this 1677km road.

We call on the Federal Government, in this Year of the Farmer, to match Queensland's funding and upgrade this highway.

The Federal Government needs to remember that a good quality bitumen highway is still just as important to business in the bush as is the rollout of the information superhighway.

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