MP starts 'Fix the Bruce' campaign

MEMBER for Dawson George Christensen says federal funding for the Bruce Highway is “pathetic” with no money in Tuesday's budget for the section relevant to our area.
MEMBER for Dawson George Christensen says federal funding for the Bruce Highway is “pathetic” with no money in Tuesday's budget for the section relevant to our area.

MEMBER for Dawson George Christensen says federal funding for the Bruce Highway is "pathetic" with no money in Tuesday's budget for the section relevant to our area.

"Meanwhile the Pacific Highway which runs through Rob Oakeshott's electorate is going to get $3.5 billion with a capital B," Mr Christensen said.

Mr Christensen plans to hit back with an interactive campaign to "Fix the Bruce", which will reach the Whitsundays this week. Leaflets inviting residents to name their local highway "hot spots" will be home delivered via Australia Post. Mr Christensen said filling in the brochure and sending it back was free to residents thanks to reply paid postage, making participation in the campaign cost nothing more than a few minutes of a person's time.

"In a nutshell the "Fix the Bruce" plan is my way of engaging with local people so they can tell me what their problem areas are on the Bruce Highway," Mr Christensen said.

"Then we can start to prioritise for this area based on what the motorists actually think."

Mr Christensen said information collated from the exercise would be put before the new state minister for main roads Scott Emmerson and Queensland premier Campbell Newman to assist them with their Bruce Highway crisis action plan.

"It will also go to the federal transport minister, the prime minister, the treasurer, Tony Abbot, Joe Hockey and the shadow transport minister Warren Truss," Mr Christensen said.

"And we'll be raising it in parliament. No one can then say they're unaware of what this region is wanting," he said.

Proserpine resident Bridget Middleton, who has been leading the charge to fix the flooding issues at Goorganga Plains is urging "everyone" to participate.

"The squeaky wheel gets all the oil," she said.

"I think for all of the locals the Goorganga Plains affects us directly so that would be the obvious choice to say that's what we want fixed."

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