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    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Minister makes trip across North West

    Minister for Main Roads
    The Honourable Craig Wallace

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010

    Minister makes trip across North West

    Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace has today arrived in Georgetown for a tour of the North West as part of his goal to see the State’s road network firsthand.

    Mr Wallace said today’s trip followed on from inspections earlier in the week with Cloncurry Mayor, Andrew Daniels.

    The tour is one of a series of trips the Minister is undertaking, alongside Member for Mount Isa Betty Kiernan, to monitor progress of the State’s $3.4b road program and visit regional communities to discuss priorities with residents and businesses.

    Minister Wallace’s first announcement was that construction of the $1.3m Critters Camp heavy vehicle turning bay would kick off next month.

    “Work can start because Carpentaria Shire Council has completed three months of work to improve drainage at the site following saturation in June.

    “This is about improving safety and reducing delays and it’s part of $148 million we’re spending on the North West to improve residents’ lives and help boost the beef, fishing and tourism industries,’ he said.

    The turn-around bay is three kilometres east of the Norman River Bridge on the Gulf Developmental Road.

    Mrs Kiernan said it meant truckies would no longer need to take up to two hours to reverse 20 kilometres up the road when the bridge is closed due to flooding, saving huge amounts of time and money.

    “These truckies play a vital role in moving crucial supplies onto boats on the Norman River to support flood affected communities and having it completed before the next wet season is a priority,” she said.

    Minister Wallace said he would also inspect the 416m-long and 8.5m-high Einasleigh River Bridge 36 km west of Mt Surprise.

    The $18m upgrade project rose to fame three weeks ago as a pivotal bridge commitment in the Federal election.

    Etheridge Shire Council is undertaking the work and Minister Wallace this morning met Mayor Warren Devlin to discuss progress.

    “The Einasleigh River Bridge project is still on track to be completed by Christmas under the Gillard Government,” he said.

    “It’s an important project because it will go a long way to connecting communities that can be cut off for up to five months during the flood season.’

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