The Mayor tells the nation Rocky was left with a $70 million flood repair bill and that an enormous amount of work remains.
The Mayor tells the nation Rocky was left with a $70 million flood repair bill and that an enormous amount of work remains. Samantha Hansen

Mayor pleads for Bruce fix on TV

MAYOR Brad Carter took his plea for greater federal investment in the Rockhampton region to the nation yesterday.

In a live interview in Sydney he told a national television audience the Commonwealth Government should be doing more to flood-proof the Bruce Highway.

Interviewed by former Rockhampton presenter Karl Stefanovic on Channel Nine’s Today Show, Cr Carter repeated his beef that there was nothing in the latest Federal Budget to flood-proof Rockhampton.

“Not only was there no money allocated to flood-proof the highway, there is no allocation of funding in the forward estimates,” he said.

“It is serious, and it’s not just for CQ. This is an issue which has an impact economically Australia-wide.”

He used the two-minute discussion to remind viewers that Rockhampton had been the focus for the world media’s coverage of the Queensland floods.

“When we re-opened the Bruce Highway, 200 trucks went through in the first hour. That showed how many were waiting to get essential supplies not only to Rockhampton but to Cairns and Mount Isa.”

Last month Cr Carter incurred the wrath of Federal MP Kirsten Livermore when he criticised the lack of investment in the region’s infrastructure by her government.

And he wasn’t mincing his words yesterday, reaching an audience of around a million.

“The supply lines, the routes, roads, the basic infrastructure we need to continue to grow, are being sadly neglected,” he said.

Later, Cr Carter said the Today Show had been the first of the national television shows to arrive in Rocky during the flood and had promised to update viewers on the recovery.

“I will take every opportunity to talk up the region and encourage investment,” he said.



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