The 60 year old Barron River Bridge is at capacity, structurally damaged and at the end of its life for heavy vehicles Pic TMR
Mareeba Shire Council has condemned Tablelands motorists to an antiquated, narrow, tortuous and dangerous Kuranda Range Road for another 50 years by supporting Queensland Labor and its proposal to build a new bridge over the Barron River.
Savvy observers and the State Opposition know that bankrupt Labor does not have sufficient funds to buy a bucket of bolts yet Mareeba Mayor Angela Toppin has supported a hollow gesture by the ALP to build a $1.8m bridge.
The notorious Kuranda Range Road was blocked several times over the past week with minor accidents and a tree over the road holding up traffic for four hours. A new or old bridge would not prevent accidents on the dangerous mountain track. The track remains the problem.
Compounding the range hiatus even further is federal Labor, also broke after spending $450m on an unnecessary and divisive race referendum and tens of billions on another race to the bottom destroying reliable and economic coal-fired power stations replacing them with airy-fairy wind generators, thousands of hectares of solar panels and a handful of Eveready batteries.
Notwithstanding, the spider web of massive power poles and transmission lines criss-crossing the continent is destroying some of Australia’s best agricultural land at the behest of the communist United Nations.
Federal Labor has already cancelled funding for a number of major Queensland projects and the Kuranda Range Road or a new Barron River bridge had never made it to any federal wish list in any case.
The council has been conned by Queensland Labor which has offered a dry-rotted olive branch to the Tablelands and Cairns with an offer of a new bridge trying to take the heat off beleaguered Transport Minister Mark Bailey.
Bailey has been under siege since trying to hide a $2.4 billion cost overrun with a train building program and ripping hundreds of thousands off Tablelands motorists with dodgy speed cameras leaving no hope of any federal funds for a new bridge in the overwrought state or federal budgets.
To the best of our knowledge Mareeba Mayor Angela Toppin has not visited either site of the proposed new roads to Cairns, or has she contacted the local road designer, Ron Reddicliffe for details of the new highway.
No bridge will ever be built by the political duopoly. Mareeba Shire Council should bite the bullet and call for a new road without a river crossing, which would cost about half that of a new bridge or face the wrath of Kuranda residents, the transport industry and ratepayers with cars at the March local government election.
There will be no council funding recriminations by the state because Queensland Labor will not be in office after October 2024. – from our Atherton correspondent