The Transport Workers’ Union is calling for the State Government to overturn its decision to shelve expansion works on the Caboolture to Caloundra Bruce Highway stretch and help save lives.
“The entire Bruce Highway needs work and this project, along with the rest of the Cairns to Brisbane stretch, was committed to pre-election,” Transport Workers’ Union State Secretary Peter Biagini said.
“This government needs to stop slashing, picking and choosing and start working for their people and their communities.”
“This is busy bottle-neck that has been responsible for many crashes and fatalities,” Mr Biagini said.
“They are not investing in public transport and are not investing in roads, so what are people to do?”
“And considering the Government will spend millions on developing 1 William Street, the money is far better being spent on the already too late Bruce Highway infrastructure program.”
In the meantime, Mr Biagini is asking all motorists to take care and have patience on the roads this festive season.
“No delivery, break skipping, speeding or time saving methods are worth the risk of not going home safely at the end of the day,” Mr Biagini said.
“The roads are at its busiest and we ask that all motorists, be it our truck drivers or families going on holiday, to take care and be patient, because arriving late is better than not arriving at all.”
Those sombre thoughts are only too true. Over 330 people die in truck crashes each year.
“Another person lost their life yesterday in a truck crash on the Warrego highway,” Mr Biagini said.
“This is sadly yet another statistic that adds to Queensland and Australia’s road toll.”
“We trust authorities will investigate this crash as a workplace, health and safety incident, so the truth about why the crash happened and if there were any added pressures from the company, comes out.”
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910