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Dametto calls for turning lane at Five Mile Creek, Bruce Highway

Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) Deputy Leader and Hinchinbrook MP, Nick Dametto is calling for a turning lane at Five Mile Creek Road along the Bruce Highway following numerous near misses and fatalities on the Ingham to Cardwell stretch.

Mr Dametto said that this section of the Bruce Highway was extremely dangerous as motorists come to a standstill to turn on to Five Mile Creek Road, which leads to the popular swimming spot Five Mile Creek.

“Currently there are no turning lanes on the Bruce Highway for the Five Mile Creek swimming hole off the Five Mile Creek Road, causing immense safety concerns for motorists,” he said.

“This is an issue that has been raised in the past by constituents on multiple occasions and a turning lane at Five Mile Creek Road is a suggestion that I have proposed in Parliament previously.”

Five Mile Creek is a feature of Cardwell State Forrest and is a favourite swimming spot for many locals and visitors.

“This destination is one that is promoted by Visitor Information Centres, business owners and locals. Along with the Cardwell Spa Pool, it’s a ‘must’ when visiting the region to cool off,” Mr Dametto said.

“As the drive market increases due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic there will be more Australians choosing to travel within Australia by road. This has vast economic benefits especially for our regional and remote Queensland towns.

“We will continue to see more and more tourists visiting natural attractions such as National Parks and as traffic increases to these destinations, safe road conditions must remain a priority.”

Mr. Dametto is proposing to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads a turning lane near Damper Creek at the Five Mile Creek Road turn off on the Bruce Highway.

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