MEDIA RELEASE

Call for government to provide real answers for Kuranda Range Road reliability

The second unplanned road closure of Kuranda Range Road in less than a month has prompted business leaders to demand the State Government provide real and tangible solutions to the road’s reliability issues.

A truck accident on Friday (31 August, 2018) caused the closure of the range for two hours to allow a crane to remove it. It comes only two weeks after another truck rolled at the bottom of the range, again requiring cranes to lift and remove. It closed the road for seven hours.

Mareeba Chamber of Commerce President Joe Moro said the Kuranda Range Road was an important link between Cairns and Mareeba for a myriad of purposes including, but not limited to, business, industry, agriculture and tourism.

“A safe, efficient and reliable road network is one of the most important issues for our community and our vision to see Mareeba prosper,” Mr Moro said.
“Estimates show current traffic movements to be around 10,000 a day, with that figure expected to increase to 15,000 by 2030, as the liveability of the northern Tablelands attracts more people.   “However, Mareeba’s business community fears any vision to grow the local economy will be hampered from an inefficient road network.”

Mr Moro said the entire community deserved a safe, efficient and reliable road.
“Our business community relies heavily on the road for freight and transport services,” he said.  “A large number of people who reside in Mareeba and Kuranda commute daily to Cairns for work.
“The road is also a critical link in the transport of produce destined for southern markets and export, via the Cairns Airport.”

Mr Moro said the community appreciated the government’s progress in maintaining and improving the road through various upgrades and safety improvements, but more was needed.

“The government needs to continue to invest heavily in the road to ensure it meets current and future demands,” Mr Moro said.
“Our community can’t afford to be hamstrung by an unreliable road network.”

For further information, please contact Joe Moro, President, Mareeba Chamber of Commerce, on 0418 966 960.

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