READERS DISCUSS: Council wants beef route made priority
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council wants a proposed alternative route for beef trucks to be considered under the Queensland Government's draft State Infrastructure Plan.
We asked readers on Facebook: How desperately do you think the region needs the beef route?
Jack Pallet - Southern border of the Northern Australia Plan. Would create jobs for many Indigenous people in the region according to the White Paper particularly where roads are concerned, Although a purpose built 3rd bridge would be ideal.
Madeleine Perret - A heavy vehicle bypass that can also be used by long haul buses/caravans is definitely required for a place like rockhampton. It would free up congestion in the mornings and afternoons along the old bridge, reduce dangerous driving by those too impatient to wait for a truck to get up to speed or those that cut in front of trucks, and road trains wouldn't have to drop to a single trailer to traverse the town. It would save the truckies time and fuel while local servos can open along the bypass creating a substantial amount of jobs for locals needing it.
Gary Brown - What will the feasability study cost the Ratepayers of Rockhampton. A bit like the flood levy wall study. Probably around the $3,000,000 mark.
Amy Shepherd - I think all trucks should by pass Rockhampton somehow. I know this will affect the economy but sometimes there are up to 6 semi trucks in a row. I don't like being next to them I fear they will lose their load or topple over.
Madeleine Perret - Funny that, I actually feel safer driving alongside a road train than I do anyone else. Probably because they actually know how to drive in comparison to most other road users around here.
Nicholas Maher - Great idea. There should by a bypass that skips Rockhampton completely. Sustainable planning in preparation for future growth in the region for the next 10 years. Not too mention the job opportunities such a project would create.
Michael Murphy - Great idea.. Get the poo & smell out of the CBD.