The failure of the Federal Government to allocate any funding to the Bruce Highway is disappointing to say the least, according to Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Bill Lowis.
Cr Lowis said it was disheartening that the Federal Government failed to acknowledge the importance of the Bruce Highway to North Queensland.
“The Bruce Highway is the lifeline of the North and when it rains there are a number of locations within the Burdekin Shire that flood,” he said.
“Yellow Gin Creek to the south of Home Hill regularly floods and the Haughton River Bridge is well overdue for replacement.
“Rain events stop the trucks that deliver our food and other essential items as well as leaving travellers stranded.
“I am disappointed that the Federal Government has failed to acknowledge just how important the highway is to the people of the Burdekin.
“It is essential to our way of life and for our businesses.”
The Bruce Highway is a state-controlled road, but is 80 per cent funded by the Federal Government.
The Mayor said only highlight in the Federal Budget for the Burdekin was the continued funding of the Sugar Research and Development Corporation research.
“The SRDC will continue to invest in the integration of sugar cane, grains, grain legumes and cotton in sustainable irrigated cropping systems in the Burdekin,” Cr Lowis said.
“This will provide research which will allow our farmers to make informed decisions about possible rotation crops.”