Restoring the North West’s transport network within a reasonable timeframe is crucial for local communities, businesses and industries that have already suffered significant losses, says regional development group MITEZ.
MITEZ (Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Development Zone) said it had been impressed by the way the State Government and many of its agencies were working to repair road, rail and other infrastructure damaged in recent flooding.
President David Glasson said there had been concerns it may take a number of months to restore the region’s transport corridors.
However, Queensland Rail this week indicated Mount Isa Line repairs may be completed in eight to 12 weeks.
Mr Glasson said Transport and Main Roads was likely to announce when the Flinders Highway would re-open late this week and he expected much of the region’s supplies and bulk freight would be able to be transported by road until repairs to the rail network were completed.
State Government and local councils would collaborate to undertake roadworks to enable the network to operate as best it could and to provide the flexibility to allow heavy transport to access many of the roads, he said.