Stockyard Point set to reopen
THE isolation of Stockyard Point will end tomorrow.
The Department of Resources and Environment Management says it will re-open the dirt and sand track to the remote community – 40 kilometres north of Yeppoon – at 3pm and the camping areas at Five Rocks and Nine Mile in Byfield will be open from Friday.
Stockyard Point residents had been effectively cut off from March 10 when they were issued with permits for essential travel only. Since then they have been unable to use the road unless it was to get food or medicine, or attend hospital.
No-one has been allowed to visit relatives or friends at the picturesque township of 33 houses, leading to complaints of discrimination.
Some residents described their situation as like being under house arrest.
But rangers insist closing the access road was necessary to protect the fragile causeway after more than a metre of rainfall in the last two months.