Rocky's Own Transport moving a different kind of load
ROCKY'S Own Transport will carry a different kind of cargo to Brisbane today.
Opposition Main Roads spokeswoman Fiona Simpson will hitch a ride with one of the company's truckies to get a firsthand look at the state of the Bruce Hwy.
It will be the last leg of the Maroochydore MP's highway odyssey, having travelled with truckies from Cairns to Townsville on Wednesday and Townsville to Rockhampton yesterday.
Rocky's Own Transport chief and co-owner, Bryan Smith, said the highway had markedly improved in the past five to six years.
But he said there was room for further improvement.
Ms Simpson said she had travelled the highway many times, but this way she could stop and talk to people along the way.
"The best way to understand what is needed for this highway is to travel it with those that do it every day," she said.
"They have a unique and invaluable insight as to what works and what doesn't."
Ms Simpson said the LNP's 10-year action plan to fix the highway was starting to show results but there was a long way to go.
"I can see areas where there has been significant work done but there needed to be and there needs to be a lot more done over the next 10 years to get the Bruce Hwy up to scratch," she said.
"It's never going to be cheap but this is our most important highway - a lifeline as supplies are moved north and south every hour of every day."
While "truckie's breakfasts" at roadside diners haven't been on the agenda, Ms Simpson admitted to taking a few supplies along for the trip.
"I brought my Tim-Tams with me," she laughed.
And her drivers have been on their best behaviour.
"I have been very grateful they have been willing to have me climb on board and talk to them," Ms Simpson said.
"They have been very accommodating."