Gladstone to call for Bruce improvement
Advocates will use an upcoming LGAQ conference to call for a campaign to fix the Bruce Highway.
Gladstone Region councillor Glenn Churchill says efforts should be made to dig the highway “out of crisis”.
Cr Churchill has called for an update to the Bruce Highway Action Plan, including a formal timeframe for when it will be up to a greater standard.
He will push for more advocacy at Local Government Association of Queensland's annual conference, being held in Gladstone from October 16-18.
“It's a national tragedy to claim that the Bruce Highway is our national highway,” Cr Churchill said.
“There's nothing worse than our emergency services having to pick up a body off the highway.”
Former central Queensland police officer Cr Churchill said the road was a “national disgrace”.
“We are seeking the State Government to deliver a full and open, transparent plan and outcome from what is known as the 2012 crisis plan to fix the Bruce,” he said.
“It should be a road of international standard.”
Cr Churchill said speed limits and lack of overtaking lanes were among the central concerns.
“I know that I have been told on a number of occasions it is being fixed,” he said.
Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett said it was a major issue for communities throughout the region.
“We need the state and the feds to get involved and sort this issue out once and for all,” he said.
“At the end of the day they are causing issues in our community and we need to deal with those issues.”
The motions will be fine-tuned by the LGAQ motions committee.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls, the Queensland Governor and other government officials are expected to attend the conference.