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Thursday, 10 May 2007
Page: 197

Mr Katter asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, in writing, on 21 March 2007:

(1)   Is he aware of the repeated closures of the National Highway between Townsville and Cairns during the early part of this year, and while most road closures are warranted, that sections of the National Highway are remaining closed without justification long after flood waters have subsided;

(2)   In view of the circumstances outlined in Part (1), could he arrange for officials from his department to meet with State and local government representatives and officials to determine a mechanism for the speedy re-opening of closed sections of the highway following the subsidence and cessation of obstructive conditions, such as flooding.

Mr Vaile (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) Sections of the Bruce Highway were closed earlier this year between Townsville and Cairns due to severe flooding caused by heavy rains. Decisions on road closures are the responsibility of the Queensland Police and the Queensland Department of Main Roads, with safety the primary consideration.