|MP CRAIG CRAWFORD STANDING|
IN FRONT OF THE TRANSPORT
ISSUE LIKELY TO UNSEAT HIM
Upgrade of the inadequate Bill Fulton Bridge (which was completed in 2000) is of course long overdue. Council has allowed huge housing estates to be constructed from Redlynch to Caravonica - all with residents needing to travel to/from the city on this inadequate ARTERIAL road.
|ONE BRIDGE OF THREE - YOU'VE GOT|
TO DO THEM ALL TO GET
A REAL RESULT
There is no cause for the rest of the highway to be ignored with a partial, inadequate upgrade. And the upgrade of this ONE bridge is NOT what Crawford promised.
Highways need to be planned and upgraded as a SYSTEM - partial, politically-motivated projects rarely accomplish anything but moving the congestion to another location. A Main Roads traffic engineer has advised HBW that in fact upgrade of this one bridge will just move the congestion to the Redlynch Connection Road, which is known to be inadequate to handle the load coming off a four-laned bridge.
|BARRON RIVER BRIDGE - A BICYCLIST|
DEATH WAITING TO HAPPEN
Craig Crawford was swept into Parliament in the 2015 election, and for weeks after looked like a stunned mullet - so surprised was he at his win over the LNP member. He's struggled to get any traction in the Palaszczuk government until recently, when the ALP has decided to prop him up as a get-square against the defecting Rob Pyne. Despite his disability Pyne is showing real backbone at calling attention to the infrastructure deficit that is facing FNQ. Crawford has gone poodle on us - instead of insisting on a full upgrade of the Western ARTERIAL Highway, he's cheerleading for this partial, inadequate solution.
|THE LAND WAS RESUMED YEARS AGO FOR UPGRADE|
OF THIS BRIDGE - NO EXCUSE TO LEAVE IT UNDONE
The Cairns Western ARTERIAL Highway is the only ARTERIAL in the state that is NOT to four-lane standard. It is heavily used as a bypass around the city by tourists and commercial trucking.
Crawford is holding a poisoned chalice as the Member - Barron River has been neglected by successive governments for major infrastructure upgrades. Several intersections on the Cook Highway are now crippled, the highway needs four-laning from Kewarra to Palm Cove, and the Smithfield Bypass still just a pipe dream in need of funding.
Don't be fooled - the Trad/Crawford Show means little to the residents of Barron River. It's great for future electioneering - but a growing number in the electorate are not fooled by these charlatans and their dog-and-pony shows anymore.