Queensland Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek
Rocky Section Of Bruce Highway To Be Raised To Save Future Flood
Victor P Taffa
State Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek has inspected the section of Bruce Highway damaged south of Rockhampton and said it was clear only a few kilometres needed to be reconstructed to prevent future closure due to floods.
Leader of the Liberal National Party, John-Paul Langbroek said a short distance needed to be raised to provide better protection against flooding along this part of the highway which re-opened on Friday.
“Locals today pointed out very clearly to me, the section south of Rockhampton, which if raised, would be able to withstand in excess of ten metres of flood water.” Mr. Langbroek said.
“The Federal Government has the responsibility to ensure this Road is better prepared for floods so that Rockhampton is not cut off again for such an extended period of time.”
“Rockhampton residents have suffered enough through the loss of their properties and possessions.” Mr. Langbroek said.
“The inability for trucks to bring resources by road or supplies to be brought in by air, due to the closure of the airport, has made this disaster a double whammy for the strong knit community and surrounding towns.”
“The city of Rockhampton has suffered a massive economic loss from the floods. Working to ensure the main thoroughfare in and out of the region can withstand extreme weather events, will prove a big step towards rebuilding the Region and bringing money back in.” Mr. Langbroek said.
The Biggest Improvement to come out of the Destruction that Cyclone Tracy caused to Darwin in 1974 was the Implementation of new Building Codes to withstand Cyclones. Flood Proofing the Bruce Highway and Railway Lines are NO different.