Letter writer Leyland Barnett says allowing road trains easy access direct to the meatworks will reduce operating costs and improve productivity.
Letter writer Leyland Barnett says allowing road trains easy access direct to the meatworks will reduce operating costs and improve productivity. Erle Levey

YOUR SAY: Third road, rail bridge must be implemented

I AM very pleased with TMB, Saturday 12/12/15, as it has given a lot of readers some information as to why our region has not progressed in the last 10 years, as much as other regions and shires.

The granitegate issue (pages 18 and 19) shows us the ALP's local factions fighting in full swing over the riverbank development, Schwarten, McMillan and Strelow.

Who cares about the granite. Why do we have to spend over $1.3 million more for it when normal asphalt could be used? It seems all they want to do is outspend each other and put us further into debt.

Pleasing to see positive stories about Livingstone's new water park (page 3) and Moranbah's new library (page 22).

Letters to the editor (pages 25, 26 and 27) has letter writers expressing concerns over future vision, confidence, stability, losses in jobs and wanting to protect our meatworks.

Our region should have progressed like other areas in our state, however changes to Queensland Rail cost our region hundreds of jobs that flow onto further job cuts in other areas linked to Queensland Rail.

The meatworks are a major employer for our region and we cannot afford job losses in this industry like Queensland Rail.

A third road and rail bridge proposed by the former mayor, Lea Taylor, is a solution that needs to be implemented now. Allowing road trains easy access direct to the meatworks will reduce operating costs and improve productivity, allowing for better growth and future long-term viability.

We cannot afford to lose jobs; we need stability and sustainable growth. The average ratepayer doesn't want our debt to get that high that the rates become unaffordable and people start losing their hard-earned homes.

Leyland Barnett, North Rockhampton



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