Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Available Funds Key to Bridging Missing Link

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Available Funds Key to Bridging Missing Link

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Frazer

Pearce

Editor

Frazer.pearce@capnews.com.au

GOOD things come to those who wait.

The 1.6km bridge over the Yeppen Flood Plain is a critical piece of infrastructure that this city has needed for more than 100 years.

When Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast were cut off from the south for two weeks in 2011, the cry went up for the highway to be raised to prevent this from happening again.

The Morning Bulletin began its award-winning campaign to flood-proof the highway into the city and the Australian Government eventually answered the call.

For that, we as a community are grateful but it is no less than we and the nation deserve.

How could a city, a region and a nation have its main transport route cut off for two weeks?

As our front page headline read in 2011, then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard would be damned by history if she didn't fund the project.

As soon as the study into the project (which was commissioned by former Capricornia MP Kirsten Livermore) was completed, she delivered and incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbott followed through on the funding. …

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