Time to fix our flooded roads
AS HEAVY rain continues to cut roads and isolate towns this week, the wet weather has only served to strengthen the resolve of a Proserpine woman who is currently campaigning for the flood-proofing of the region's roads.
Last year, Bridget Middleton almost lost her partner Scott Boldiston in a swift water incident where the warning lights failed on the Bruce Highway at Goorganga Plains.
Now, 12 months later, Ms Middleton is adamant nothing has changed, with flooded roads still a serious problem for Whitsunday families and businesses and a danger to locals' lives.
On Tuesday the mother of three said there were many parents who had to take the day off work because they couldn't get their children into a childcare facility or school. "There are small businesses that couldn't open their shops… because they or their employees couldn't get in. And what about all the workers who got the phone call from the boss telling them not to come in because it was too wet to trade?" Ms Middleton said.
"I hate to sound like a broken record but I've had enough. There is nobody in our community who would not benefit from the flood-proofing of our roads," she said.
Ms Middleton has been the driving force behind a petition she promises to deliver to whoever wins the seat of Whitsunday in Saturday's State Government election.
"We as a community can't stop the rain and we can't stop the flooding, but we can pressure our local representatives to take this issue seriously and ensure that government - local, state and federal - does what it can to minimise the ramifications of the flooding in our community," she said.
Meanwhile wet weather and flooded roads wreaked havoc with the region's flights this week.
Whitsunday Coast Airport business development manager Scott Waters said yesterday's 8.40am Virgin flight and the 1.20pm Virgin flight on Tuesday were cancelled as a direct result of closures to the roads.
"The Bruce Highway is the main contributing factor for the cancellations we've had, particularly when we have the Goorganga Plains and the tidal situation there," Mr Waters said.
"It's [definitely] an issue we need to get fixed."